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On the first day of Washington Capitals‘ rookie camp, top prospect and center Connor McMichael told the media that “I had a really good offseason. I worked on my lower-body strength, [being] able to protect pucks.” Heading into the offseason, the 20-year-old thought that the biggest thing he needed to work on was his lower-body strength and his puck battles.
McMichael worked out at Gary Roberts’ camp over the summer, where Roberts fed the participants breakfast, which consisted of kale and eggs, and lunch. Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid and Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos were there too.
“It’s cool, those guys are great players” and watching them regularly, McMichael thought. He added that the camp was just 45 minutes away from his house. “It was more see what they do,” McMichael explained.
On what he needs to work on, he replied that “I feel like I keep getting stronger and stronger every year” and that was his main emphasis. He feels like “my overall game is really good. It’s more of winning puck battles here and there.” The Capitals agreed with his assessment heading into the offseason.
McMichael said that he gained five or six pounds over the summer and now weighs 188-189 lb. “Maybe fluctuate 1-2 pounds here or there,” he added.
Connor McMichael discusses his offseason workout regimen and his continued focus on building strength after the first day of Rookie Camp at MedStar Capitals Iceplex.#ALLCAPS pic.twitter.com/GKWKaK4cRs
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) September 18, 2021
By Harrison Brown