“He Can Play With Any Line”: Head Coach Peter Laviolette Commends Reliability, Versatility Conor Sheary Brings To Capitals

Washington Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette spoke to the media following Monday’s optional morning skate ahead of tonight’s tilt against the Edmonton Oilers at Capital One Arena (8 PM ET; NBC Sports Washington). He discussed left-wing Conor Sheary’s hot start to the 2022-23 season and his reliability and versatility on the ice.

Sheary has recorded seven points, which include four goals, in thirteen games in his third season with Washington. He has seen minutes on the Capitals’ special teams and has the only shorthanded goal on the team thus far. “I think he does everything really well,” Laviolette said. “He skates well, he competes well, he works hard, he’s detailed.”

“He can play in any position. He can play with any line,” Laviolette said, expressing how pleased he is with Sheary’s flexibility in the lineup, especially with injuries plaguing the team since the start of the season. The 30-year-old has found himself alternating between playing his natural position on the left wing on the fourth line and jumping up to the top line’s right wing.

“When we have the amount of people out and sometimes it’s not just people, it’s who’s out too, so you find Conor pushing up to play first-line minutes—not that he hasn’t done it in the past, but he pushes up to play first-line minutes because of the personnel who is out. He’s able to do that; that line still is able to function and play well.”

“He’s just been a really good, solid player for us,” Laviolette added, reiterating previous praise on Sheary from October 29, when he called him a “really smart, two-way player,” adding, “He’s somebody we would have on the ice when it comes to win a game. You know, if we’re up by a goal and there’s two minutes to go, like he’s somebody [who] we would count on to make sure the game gets delivered.

In April 2021, the Capitals signed him to a two-year contract extension that carries a cap hit of $1.5 million. His numbers with Washington have long proved the benefits of the signing; however, Sheary continues to bring a strong, reliable, and versatile playmaking style to the ice.

Laviolette noted that “very rarely” does he need to discuss with Sheary about his performance. “He’s fairly consistent with his game. It’s a pretty good game he plays.”

Listen to Laviolette’s full comments here:

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