Peter Laviolette’s first lines of Training Camp

The Washington Capitals took the ice vibrant and early for the second day of Training Camp on Friday. The first group to skate was made up virtually totally of gamers anticipated to hit the ice for the first sport of the common season.

Head coach Peter Laviolette gave us the first glimpse of what his preliminary lines might seem like inside of that group. The details of curiosity are available the place the 2 Connors on the roster have lined up.

As we reported on Thursday, Connor Brown is getting a chance to lock down a spot on the highest line with Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov whereas Tom Wilson is out recovering from offseason knee surgical procedure. Brown is just not new to a top-six task and has mentioned up to now that he’d be very snug with this precise situation.

“I feel it will be straightforward,” Brown mentioned of taking part in with Ovi and Kuzy in July. “There’s two of the largest abilities within the league for a very long time. I’ve been on the opposite aspect of it. Obviously, it will be wonderful to play with these two guys. This crew’s received heaps of good gamers up and down the lineup so I do not suppose there is a unhealthy spot you may fall. I feel I’ll have a while up there and all through the lineup. When it involves taking part in with these guys, they’re world-class gamers, enjoyable to observe, and so much of enjoyable to play with.”

The different pure choices on the roster aside from Brown for that position embody TJ Oshie, Anthony Mantha, and Marcus Johansson. Laviolette mentioned Thursday that with the harm conditions of Wilson and Nicklas Backstrom issues must shake out totally within the preseason for him to be set together with his top-six.

“Because of what we’re coping with, with Tom and Nick, I’m unsure the place it will match,” Laviolette mentioned. “So, we’ll attempt issues in follow, we’ll attempt some issues in exhibition video games and see the place it goes and what appears to be like good with Kuzy and Ovi. If we are able to discover the right combination there it could possibly be him. We’ll give him a glance and we’ll see.”

But essentially the most notable inclusion from Friday morning was Connor McMichael taking the second-line heart reins with Dylan Strome flanking him to the left. Versatility is a giant factor that Laviolette preaches and he prefers to have a number of gamers in his lineup that may play each heart and wing.

“You’ll see him (McMichael) at each in Training Camp,” Laviolette mentioned Thursday. “There are a pair of different gamers who’re in the identical scenario the place they will play wing or heart. We’re going to place gamers into video games and we’ll consider from there.”

When requested if Dylan Strome was additionally in the identical scenario, the veteran bench boss rapidly replied within the affirmative.

“He’s a man for me that may play each positions,” Laviolette mentioned. “I actually like that even with Nick off to the aspect for now it might put 5 centermen in our lineup and I at all times like that as a result of when a centerman goes down now you’ve somebody that may naturally transfer round. It’s slightly bit simpler to exchange a wing.”

Note that it additionally seems initially of the camp that Gabriel Carlsson and Matt Irwin might have the preliminary leg up on Lucas Johansen for a spot as an additional defenseman. If the Capitals solely carry seven defensemen to start out the 12 months, the ultimate roster spot might come right down to a contest between these two rearguards.

Another competitors to regulate will likely be within the bottom-six left wings. Marcus Johansson, Conor Sheary, and Axel Jonsson-Fjallby seem to all be vying for one of the 2 spots there.

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