Screen cap: Capitals
The Washington Capitals concluded their second day of training camp for the 2022-23 season on Friday. New Capitals forward Dylan Strome spoke to the media for the first time following the conclusion of Day 2.
Strome signed with the Caps on a one-year, $3.5 million contract during the offseason, after not being given a qualifying offer by the Chicago Blackhawks, with whom he recorded 48 Points (22 Goals, 26 Assists) in 69 Games Played last season.
“It’s been good, I got here early September”, said Strome, when asked if he has gotten familiar with the area, “So I’ve been skating here for a couple weeks now, and it feels good. A lot of nice guys in the dressing room and made me feel welcome. My wife and daughter are at our house in Arlington; it’s a great spot, some nice restaurants around the neighborhood and seems family friendly,” added Strome.
“I think there’s always something to prove”, the third overall pick (Arizona) of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft said of coming to Washington, “I think when a team kind of walks away from you, giving you up for nothing you obviously have a little bit of a chip on your shoulder and want to prove they made a mistake…”, he admitted.
Strome is just 25-years old and could prove to be a quality signing by General Manager Brian MacLellan should he repeat or improve upon his performance last season.
“You can’t take it too personal, it’s a business and they made a business decision, that’s way it goes and I’m excited to be in Washington…obviously I think there’s still a lot to prove, so just working hard every day and try to prove myself as a legitimate good NHL player.”
Strome has taken reps among the top-six forward units through the first two days of camp, a role that offers the chance to contribute the numbers (or better) he put up last season in the Windy City.
“I think it’s just what you want as a player, I think you want to be relied upon to create offense and help win hockey games. When you’re on a team that demands winning, and demands a lot of the guys to put up the points and put up the goals, I think that’s a positive and where you want to be as a hockey player.
“I think he’s a good communicator, I know he’s intense, a common theme here”, said Strome of his first impressions of new Head Coach, Peter Laviolette, “I think he demands a lot of his players and he’s earned the respect over his career and it’s a honor to play for him.”
The Caps kick off preseason action on Sunday against the Buffalo Sabres.
By Michael Fleetwood