Conor Brown will get a chance to replace injured Tom Wilson in the first row

On the opening day of the NHL Free Agency, the Washington Capitals acquired the winger Conor Brown of senators in Ottawa for a second round to select the draft. Brown, a 20-time multiplayer, is a versatile player among the top six forward who also supports the team’s penalty shootout unit.

With Tom Wilson continuing to rehab after off-season knee surgery, there is a gap above the Capitals’ lineup. Coach Peter Laviolette 106.7 said the fan sports enthusiasts On the first day of boot camp, Brown will get a real chance to fill that hole.

“I think everyone loves Connor Brown,” La Violet He said. “Most teams are all over the league, most people watch him play. They love him, he has a drive for his game. He plays the game hard, he competes aggressively. He is able to attack offensively with 20+ season goals as well. We feel like we got a really good piece.” Just to move across the lineup. I’m not sure where exactly it will start for him (in the regular season). He’ll look in different places. He’ll look at the Kuznetsov line, take a look with Lars Eller. He’ll find different places to go.”

Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov have played nearly 1,500 minutes together in five-for-five over the past three seasons. Riding the gun with them, Wilson was, for the most part, the one who had to repair the ACL in his left knee after tearing it in the playoffs against the Florida Panthers. Wilson is expected to come out Until early December at best.

“Because of what we’re dealing with, with Tom and Nick, I’m not sure where to fit,” LaViolet continued. “So we’re going to try things out in practice, we’re going to try a few things in show games and see where it goes and what looks good with Kuzy and Ovi. If we can find the right mix in there it could be him. We’ll take a look at it and see.”

Other natural options on the list other than Brown for this role include TJ Oshie, Anthony Mantha, and Marcus Johansson. Although Oshi Missed the first day of training camp as a precaution due to off-season surgery.

Brown is no stranger to playing with the stars as he has skated alongside both Conor McDavid and Auston Matthews in the past. The 28-year-old winger was asked in July about the possibility of playing with the elite Russian talent at the Capitals on the first line.

“I think it’s going to be easy,” Brown He said. “There are 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 great to play with these two guys. This team has a lot of good players in the standings, so I don’t think there’s a bad place you can fall. I think I’ll have some time there and throughout the squad. When it comes to playing with these guys, they are world class players, fun to watch, and a lot of fun to play with.”

Brown is entering the final season of a three-year $10.8 million contract he signed in October of 2020 with Ottawa that pays him $3.6 million per season. He will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. Perhaps, the impulse to try to get a place at the top of the lineup and stay there.

“I don’t know if it’s the year to prove it,” Brown said. “I think, six years in the league and I’ve been pretty consistent throughout my entire existence especially for the last three years, night, night, doing what I do. I’m looking at this year as a chance to win. I’m looking forward to going back to the playoffs. I want to play some Hockey. More than anything, I just try not to focus internally on what my future holds and try to do everything I can to help the team win.”

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