On Friday, Washington Capitals right-winger Conor Brown spoke to the media during a training camp. Latest Capital discussed his first training with the team and what he can bring to Washington this season.
The team set up its first streak of training camp this morning, which saw Brown appear on the first streak with captain Alex Ovechkin and center Yevgeny Kuznetsov. “It’s early, but it’s easy to adapt to these guys,” Brown said. He focused on “fixing the systems” so he could “stop thinking and go play and relax a bit”.
The Capitals acquired Brown from the Ottawa Senators for a 2024 second-round pick on July 13. The 28-year-old admitted “it’s different in a lot of things” regarding regulations from Ottawa and, of course, the team’s age. Brown said, “Just an older group, a veteran group … in terms of the system there is a bit of a difference as well; a couple of things that I adapt to in the o-zone – frankly everywhere all over the ice, so just kind of get used to it.” And make sure it’s second nature.”
“All the players were really good and friendly and made sure I feel welcome, so it was a good adjustment,” he added.
Due to Tom Wilson’s absence (ruptured anterior cruciate ligament, had surgery on May 25 and is expected to return in early December), Brown thinks he could potentially play a right-winger in the top row with Ovechkin and Kuznetsov, saying, “I think I skate well.” And I can make some plays and I think I get some pucks for them too first in the front check and stuff like that, so I think I could be a very good fit for them, and it’s up to me to prove it.”
“It’s always good to refresh yourself with an old friend,” Brown said of the Dylan Strom Center, which Washington signed to a one-year, $3.5 million contract July 14. The two were former Erie Otters (OHL) teammates for the 2013-14 season. “Especially with so many new faces. It’s good to see someone you know and get to know and that Stromer is a good guy.”
Today’s practice did not touch upon units of force. However, Brown noted that it will likely “fit in that second unit” in the bumper spot. “Last year, in particular, I played Half of the Wall in Unit Two, but I’ve played a bumper over time in my career. It’s a place I really enjoy,” he said regarding his time with the Senators’ special teams.
“I understand what I am as a player and so for me, it’s just trying to help the team win,” Brown said of his focus this season. “I do everything I can to try to help the team win and be as productive as possible.” .”
Written by Della Young