Connor McMichael Could See Playing Time With Hershey Bears This Season

In a “normal” hockey season, NHL prospects playing in the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) are not eligible to play in the American Hockey League (AHL) if they are under the age of 20. The transfer agreement between the NHL and CHL is aimed to prohibit a mass exodus of younger players from the CHL to the AHL. However, this is not a normal season.

Due to uncertainty associated with the start of the season for leagues in the CHL, including the Western Hockey League (WHL) and the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), the NHL is now striking the age rule for prospects and allowing them to participate in the AHL this season.

prospects must have been 18 years old by Sept. 15.

This means that Capitals top prospect Connor McMichael, 19, is now eligible to play for the Hershey Bears this season.

McMichael, who is wrapping up his run with Team Canada in the World Juniors Championship, is expected to report to the Capitals following the conclusion of the tournament. He will need to serve a mandatory 7-day quarantine upon his arrival in Arlington.

Because of the quarantine, McMichael is unlikely to see much, if any time in Capitals training camp, but it’s very likely he could garner a spot on the Capitals 4-to-6 player taxi squad to start the season.

However, in his last press conference, Capitals GM Brian MacLellan stated that he did not want to place prospects on the taxi squad if they were going to just sit and miss playing time that could be had elsewhere. This also adds to the likelihood that McMichael could see time playing in Hershey.

Of course, this also hinges on the AHL beginning their season. However, the last report appears to indicate that the league is on track to start their season on February 5.

McMichael will likely be a taxi squad member to start the season, in order that new coaches can meet with him, work with him, and get a good look at his play. However, if delays continue with the CHL season, it’s likely that MacLellan would move him to Hershey in order to play in some games.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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