Directed capital loaned Conor McMichael to the Hershey Bears of the AHL

Connor McMichael He was loaned out to the Hershey Bears on Sunday morning. The 21-year-old forward has been a healthy scratch for the Capitals for most of the 2022-23 season up to this point.

McMichael played only six games and scored no points.

McMichael made hats off at the start from training camp – And the Caps lost a prospect on waivers in order to keep the exempt player in D.C – but he hasn’t been able to secure a regular jersey in the capital this season. In his 2021-22 rookie campaign, he played in 68 games at the NHL level and had 18 points (9g, 9a).

In late October, head coach Peter Laviolette was asked about McMichael’s situation and if a return to Hershey was possible.

“[Connor McMichael] Here,” Laviolette He said then. “He’s part of the 23 we have now. Things always change when players get into the squad or someone gets injured or roster decisions have to be made. There haven’t been any conversations about that. At the moment we have a roster that we’re happy to do.

“I’m sure it’s hard to sit outside,” he continued. “Every player wants to play and that’s a good thing. He just has to keep working hard and wait for his chance.”

Although the Caps started the season without one of their best centers in Nicklas Backstrom, McMichael saw no time in his natural center ice position. He lost a pre-season battle with Dylan Strom for that open roster spot.

Previously, Laviolette said of McMichael He is “a good player who is developing, that is getting better because he stays here and plays and plays games, gathers experience. He will continue to grow and improve.”

McMichael had a successful 2020-21 season in the AHL with the Bears as he was the team’s leading scorer. Scored 14 goals and assisted on 13 more in 33 games. He is expected to play Hershey’s late afternoon game against the Hartford Wolf Pack on Sunday.

This is the team’s full press release:

Capital loan Conor MacMichael to Hershey

Arlington, Virginia – Brian McClellan, senior vice president and general manager, announced that the Washington Capitals have loaned forward Conor McMichael to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL).

McMichael, 21, has appeared in six games for the D.C. team this season. The 6’0, 182-pound forward scored 18 points (9g, 9a) in 68 games with Washington during the 2021-22 season, leading the Capitals rookie team in goals and points.

McMichael, Capitals first round pick, 25th overall, in the 2019 NHL Draft, made his NHL debut on January 24, 2021 against the Buffalo Sabers. McMichael led Hershey in goals (14) and points (27) in his first AHL season in 2020-21, appearing in all 33 Bears games. Ajax, Ontario, ranks second in goals, and ranks sixth in points among rookies in the AHL and ranks first in winning goals (8) and tied for fourth in Power Play goals (6) among all AHL skaters. McMichael was named to the AHL North Division All-Star Team and the AHL All-Rookie Team, becoming the first Capitals prospect to receive the honor since John Carlson (2009-10).

McMichael has twice represented Canada at the World Junior Championships, earning a gold medal at the 2020 Championships and taking home a silver medal in 2021. McMichael scored a goal and an assist in the 2020 gold medal game and finished with seven points (5g, 2a). ) in seven tournament matches, the second most goals scored by Canada and tied for fourth most goals scored by all players. During the 2021 Junior World Championships, he scored eight points (4g, 4a) in seven games.

In 75 NHL games with the Capitals, Michael scored 18 points (9g, 9a).

Banner photo: Alan Dobbins / RMNB

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