Capitals’ Connor Brown Says His Biggest Asset Is On The Penalty Kill: “I Steal Pucks And Play Tenacious”

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On Tuesday, Washington Capitals‘ newly-acquired right-wing Connor Brown spoke to the media after being traded from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for a 2024 second-round pick on July 13th. He discussed his excitement about joining the Capitals and what he can bring to the team.

“I kinda figured I was going to be traded, but I didn’t really know Washington was an option,” Brown said. “It was a shock at first, but once it settled in, I’m just so excited. I think my game will fit in well here…I’m excited to be a part of it.”

Brown spoke with center Dylan Strome, who the Capitals signed to a one-year, $3.5 million contract on July 14th. The two were previous teammates on the Erie Otters (OHL) for the 2013-14 season. He called Strome a “highly-skilled player,” adding, “I think he’s still just coming into his own in this league. He’s such a smart player. Usually, the smart players get better and better as they older. They start to figure out how they can be successful, so I’m excited to play with him again. He’s also a great kid.”

“I think we look good,” he said regarding the Capitals’ look heading into the 2022-23 season. “They’ve always been good and I really like the additions we’ve made…they’re always kind of a couple of good additions away from being one of the best teams in the league here—if not the best. They proved that not so long ago and a lot of the core pieces [are] still in place…I’m excited to see what I can bring and what I can help to a team that’s looking to get over the edge.”

Brown takes pride in his penalty-killing abilities and in playing defensively as a forward. “I steal pucks and play [tenaciously]. I like to consider myself to do a little bit of everything. I think I can help out the second unit and every little thing that I can do and can bring I’m going to try to bring it all.”

He grew up in Toronto playing against Capitals’ right-wing Tom Wilson. Wilson reached out to him along with goaltender Darcy Kuemper and right-wing T.J. Oshie. The Capitals’ significant others also reached out to Connor’s wife. “The guys have been really good to me thus far.”

“Six years in the league and I’ve been pretty consistent throughout my time, especially over the last three years…I’m looking at this year as an opportunity to win. I’m looking to get back in the playoffs. I want to play some meaningful hockey, so more than anything I’m just trying not to focus too internally [on] what my future holds and just do whatever I can to help the team win.”

By Della Young

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Della Young is an aspiring novelist and screenwriter who earned a BFA in Creative Writing from Full Sail University in 2021. She comes from a family of big Capitals fans and became inspired to start writing for hockey in 2019. In her spare time, Della enjoys traveling, cooking, and working on both sides of the camera. Follow Della on Twitter: @dellayoung
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1 Response to Capitals’ Connor Brown Says His Biggest Asset Is On The Penalty Kill: “I Steal Pucks And Play Tenacious”

  1. Anonymous says:

    He seems like a positive, upbeat guy. Probably glad to get out of Ottawa, too 😂

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