Red-Hot Prospect: Caps’ 2019 First-Round Pick Connor McMichael Nets Hat Trick and Two Assists, Continues Hot Start to the Season

Photo: London Knights

Capitals 2019 first-round pick Connor McMichael arrived to his first training camp with the Capitals with much fanfare and after a strong performance during his first taste of NHL action, the young center has already started the 2019-20 Ontario Hockey League season off red-hot. In a game played earlier between McMichael’s London Knights and the Hamilton Bulldogs, the 18-year old pivot scored three times and added two helpers to help the Knights route Hamilton 7-3. McMichael now has seven goals and three assists in four games played to start the 2019-20 season for London.

The first goal that made up McMichael’s hat trick came just under halfway through the first period, with London putting pressure on Hamilton in the offensive zone on the power play. After receiving a pass from teammate Hunter Skinner, McMichael corralled the puck on his stick, and while falling shot the puck past Hamilton netminder Matteo Drobac.

His second tally again, came with the man-advantage just 26 seconds later, his fifth of the season:

The goal to complete the “hatty” came late in the third period, while the Knights were shorthanded. The goal came at the 13:28 mark of the final frame and was the final goal of the contest:

McMichael’s two assists came at the 9:48 and 11:22 mark of the second and third periods, respectively, and his second and third of the season.

His first assist of the game came on a goal by teammate Jonathan Gruden, and helped give London a 4-3 lead over Hamilton:

His second helper came on another goal from Gruden, and pushed London’s lead to 6-3:

McMichael’s five-point night moves him into a tie for the lead in OHL scoring at 10, with the Saginaw Spirit’s Ilya Solovyov. His seven goals are the most of any OHL skater, two ahead of the Sudbury Wolves’ Quintin Byfield. McMichael is also a plus-1 on the season and four of his seven goals came on the power play.

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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6 Responses to Red-Hot Prospect: Caps’ 2019 First-Round Pick Connor McMichael Nets Hat Trick and Two Assists, Continues Hot Start to the Season

  1. hockeydruid says:

    He will be in the lineup for the Caps next season abd maybe even later this year depending on how Eller and Dowd do.

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