In a span of three days, the Washington Capitals have signed their first three draft picks from the 2019 NHL Draft.
Friday afternoon, the Caps announced their latest agreement, signing first-round pick Connor McMichael to a three-year, entry-level contract. McMichael joins Brett Leason and Aliaksei Protas, who all signed ELCs late this week.
McMichael will make $925k annually – an $832.k salary plus a $92.5k signing bonus.
The 18-year-old prospect played under former Capitals captain Dale Hunter with the OHL London Knights. McMichael finished second on London Knights with 36 goals, 36 assists and 72 points in 67 games – a 56-point improvement over his 2017-18 rookie campaign (8-8-16 in 60 games). His 36 goals tied for 20th in the OHL.
On Draft Day, McMichael emphasized that was “really excited” to be a Capital.
The forward will most likely return to the OHL next season where he’ll try to build on his big season last year and make Team Canada’s U20 World Junior Championship squad.
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The Washington Capitals have signed forward Connor McMichael to a three-year entry level contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. McMichael’s contract will carry an average annual salary of $832,500 and will include a $92,500 signing bonus each year (yielding an average annual value of $925,000).
The Capitals selected McMichael with the 25th-overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.
Prior to the NHL Draft, McMichael, 18, was ranked 11th overall among North American centers and 20th overall among forwards by NHL Central Scouting. The Ajax, Ont., native spent the 2018-19 season with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). McMichael ranked second on London with 72 points (36g, 36a) in 67 games, while his 36 goals were tied for 20th in the OHL. The 6’0″, 182-pound forward also recorded five points (2g, 3a) in 11 playoff games.
In 127 career OHL games, between London and the Hamilton Bulldogs, McMichael has recorded 88 points (44g, 44a).
McMichael was selected to Canada’s 2019 National Junior Team Sport Chek Summer Development Camp on July 8. McMichaelhas previously represented Canada at the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, skating for Canada White, where he recorded four points (1g, 3a) in six games.
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