Washington Capitals center prospect Connor McMichael told the media on a Zoom call on Wednesday that he got in touch with his trainers, who opened their facility so he could train for a month before he came to the Washington area on June 27.
“It’s a really cool experience,” McMichael said of joining the Capitals for training camp, adding that he is happy to be with the team even as a black ace and will be ready to go in case another player will not be able to suit up for battle.
As expressed previously, McMichael reiterated that “it was unfortunate” that the rest of the OHL season was canceled on March 18. “We had a really good team [this year],” he said of the London Knights but he is looking forward to going to Toronto with a really good team in the Capitals.
McMichael said that he has not discussed the idea of playing in a round-robin game with the Capitals’ coaching staff but is “ready to go” whenever called upon. The team will play an exhibition game against the Carolina Hurricanes on July 29 and start their round-robin tournament on August 3 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
McMichael thought it was “really cool” to come in to watch Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin and center Nicklas Backstrom during training camp in September and said that he watched them to see how they trained their bodies.
The 19-year-old said that he is “not [feeling] too much pressure” at training camp and is focused solely on just playing his game. His focus will turn to the next season if London’s season gets pushed back due to COVID-19.
"This is a tremendous opportunity for someone like Connor. It's something that's well deserved."
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) July 15, 2020
By Harrison Brown