The Washington Capitals held their first line rushes of training camp on Friday morning which included right-wing Connor Brown appearing on the top line and center Dylan Strome starting on the left wing below captain Alex Ovechkin. Center Connor McMichael slid in at second-line center.
One surprise was seeing left-wing Conor Sheary on the fourth line and Marcus Johansson taking Sheary’s usual spot.
Left-wings Joe Snively and Axel Jonsson-Fjallby served as the extras.
The defense did not shake up much from last year. As expected, newly signed lefty Erik Gustafsson got a look in the top-six and Gabriel Carlsson and Matt Irwin were the extras.
First lines/pairs/goalie tandem of #Caps training camp:
Strome-McMichael-Mantha (Snively) Johansson-Eller-Oshie
— Tarik El-Bashir (@Tarik_ElBashir) September 23, 2022
The Capitals’ first preseason game is on Sunday against the Buffalo Sabres (2 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington locally, NHL Network nationally). However, do not expect a lot of regulars to suit up until later in the preseason.
The Caps took the ice for their first full practice of training camp this morning providing a glimpse into where the new pieces will fit into the lineup. #ALLCAPS | @PedigreeUS pic.twitter.com/fo5ZLgUQkp
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) September 23, 2022
By Harrison Brown