Connor Brown will get opportunity to replace injured Tom Wilson on top line

On the hole day of NHL loose company, the Washington Capitals obtained winger Connor Brown from the Ottawa Senators for a second-round draft variety. Brown, a multi-time 20-goal scorer, is a flexible top-six ahead that still shores up the crew’s penalty-killing unit.

With Tom Wilson nonetheless rehabbing after offseason knee surgical procedure, there’s a hollow atop the Capitals lineup. Head trainer Peter Laviolette informed 106.7 The Fan’s Sports Junkies on the primary day of Training Camp that Brown will get an actual likelihood to fill that hollow.

“I think everybody likes Connor Brown,” Laviolette mentioned. “Most teams across the league, most people watching him play. They like him, he’s got a tenacity to his game. He plays the game hard, he competes hard. He’s able to chip in offensively with 20-plus goal seasons as well. We feel like we got a really good piece to just move through the lineup. I’m not sure where exactly it will start for him (in the regular season). He’s gonna get a look in different places. He’ll get a look on the Kuznetsov line, he’ll get a look with Lars Eller. He’s gonna find different places to go.”

Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov have performed just about 1,500 mins in combination at five-on-five during the last 3 seasons. Riding shotgun with them, for probably the most section, has been Wilson who had to have the ACL in his left knee repaired after tearing it within the playoffs in opposition to the Florida Panthers. Wilson is predicted to be out till early December at highest.

“Because of what we’re dealing with, with Tom and Nick, I’m not sure where it’s going to fit,” Laviolette endured. “So, we’re going to try things in practice, we’re going to try some things in exhibition games and see where it goes and what looks good with Kuzy and Ovi. If we can find the right mix there it could be him. We’ll give him a look and we’ll see.”

The different herbal choices on the roster instead of Brown for that position come with TJ Oshie, Anthony Mantha, and Marcus Johansson. Though Oshie ignored the primary day of Training Camp as a precaution due to offseason surgical procedure.

Brown isn’t any stranger to taking part in with superstars as he’s skated along each Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews previously. The 28-year-old winger used to be requested in July about probably taking part in with the Capitals’ elite Russian skill on the primary line.

“I think it would be easy,” Brown mentioned. “There’s two of the biggest talents in the league for a long time. I’ve been on the other side of it. Obviously, it would be amazing to play with those two guys. This team’s got lots of good players up and down the lineup so I don’t think there’s a bad spot you can fall. I think I’ll have some time up there and throughout the lineup. When it comes to playing with those guys, they’re world-class players, fun to watch, and a lot of fun to play with.”

Brown goes into the overall season of a three-year, $10.8 million contract he signed in October of 2020 with Ottawa that will pay him $3.6 million according to season. He will be an unrestricted loose agent at season’s finish. Perhaps, motivation to try to take hold of a place atop the lineup and keep there.

“I don’t know if it’s a prove-it year,” Brown mentioned. “I think, six years in the league and I’ve been pretty consistent throughout my time especially over the last three years night-in, night-out, doing what I do. I’m looking at this year as an opportunity to win. I’m looking to get back into the playoffs. I want to play some meaningful hockey. More than anything, I’m just trying not to focus too internally on what my future holds and try to do whatever I can to help the team win.”

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