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Raider- Connor McMichael -first round NHL pick
Submitted By Paul Burnett on Saturday, June 22, 2019
The last time the Washington Capitals made a first-round selection at an NHL draft in Vancouver, they took Nicklas Backstrom, the organization’s top center for the past decade. Thirteen years later, with the 25th pick, Washington opted for a center of the future — Canadian Connor McMichael. McMichael is coming off a breakout season, finishing with 36 goals and 36 assists in 67 games for the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League, and a connection to Washington through London Coach Dale Hunter, who played 12 seasons with the Capitals, might have factored into the pick. 

The versatile 5-foot-11, 174-pounder is expected to play with the Knights next season and potentially the one after that, too. McMichael, 18, grew up a Toronto Maple Leafs fan, but he patterned his game after centers Sean Monahan and Bo Horvat. “I like to say I’m a two-way centerman, but when I have the puck on my stick in the [offensive] zone, I’m always creating plays,” McMichael told reporters in Vancouver. “I’m always able generate chances when it looks like there’s no chances to be made, but I’m also responsible in my end.”
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