The new acquisitions in The Capitals seem to have endless previous connections to each other

Washington Capitals did one thing unbelievable this summer season throughout free company. They acquired a gaggle of men who have been already males with one another.

“It is form of humorous,” Dylan Strom stated in his introductory press convention with Capitals Media. “Apparently everybody Washington has signed or traded with, I’ve truly performed with.”

Capitals common supervisor Brian MacLellan added, “A few of our gamers already know a few of these gamers. I feel it ought to be straightforward for us to incorporate them within the squad.”

There may be additionally one participant who seems to be Kevin Bacon within the group: Tom Wilson.


Conor Brown and Dylan Strom performed on the identical junior hockey group

Essentially the most notable contact is between Conor Brown and Dylan Strom who performed for Erie Otters in the course of the 2013-14 season. The 16-year-old couldn’t go up the chance to play his first season at OHL whereas Brown was a sophomore captain enjoying his third and last season with the group. Famous person Conor McDavid and ex-capital Andrei Burakovsky have been each members of the Electrified Membership.

“I keep in mind enjoying with Stromer,” Conor Brown stated. “He was solely 16 years outdated. Solely a participant with excessive expertise, a great hand, might rating. I feel he nonetheless performs alone within the league. He is a great participant. Normally, good gamers enhance as they grow old and begin determining the way to obtain success. I am excited to play with him once more. He is a tremendous child.”

Brown scored 128 factors (45g, 83a) in 68 video games, main the CHL in scoring and successful the OHL MVP Awards, whereas Ström earned 39 (10g, 29a) in 60 video games as a rookie that yr.

“He is a really large competitor,” Strom stated of Brown. “He likes to win. I keep in mind my first sport within the rookies. I did not know what to anticipate. I used to be so younger, simply discovered my approach. We misplaced our first sport of the season in additional time and he was off the ice and he was upset and annoyed by our loss. That was my first expertise. I feel he is an ideal chief.” He was captain then. He is an ideal hockey participant. It was enjoyable to look at that yr. We had an excellent first streak that I’ve to look at a bit. They scored a whole lot of factors and a whole lot of objectives. Trying ahead to getting again into his group. Final week. It has been a very long time (9 years) since we have been on the identical group however we’re excited.”

They’re additionally outdated buddies on Instagram who tweet one another alongside the identical strains as Tom Wilson and Michael Lata. For instance, Brown posted a photograph of the Toronto Marlboros AAA group the place his father was the top coach.

Ouch!


Conor Brown and Dylan Strom are outdated buddies of… Tom Wilson!

Braun and Strom have 4 issues in frequent with Capitals striker Tom Wilson. They grew up in Ontario, are good at hockey, performed in OHL, and are all about the identical age (28, 28, 25). Naturally, they’ve reached out to one another through the years and adopted one another on Instagram lengthy earlier than this yr’s season.

“Tom Wilson acquired me,” Dylan Strom stated. “I labored with him for 2 years. He’s clearly comfortable to be on his facet of the ice this time as a substitute of enjoying towards him. I’m trying ahead to it.”

Strom has participated in BioSteel Camp with Wilson, an annual gathering named after the league’s new sports activities drink that offers gamers one final large increase earlier than coaching camp.

“I do know Tommy Wilson,” Conor Brown stated throughout his press convention. “We grew up enjoying towards one another our complete lives within the Toronto space since we have been actually younger. We have all the time been pleasant rivals and have identified one another through the years.”

The 2 performed typically towards one another at OHL with Wilson being the substitute captain for the Plymouth Whalers in 2012-13 whereas Brown was in his first yr captaining the group with the Otters. I checked and not one of the gamers had fought earlier than.

A fast take a look at Instagram reveals that Wilson liked Brown’s Instagram posts all the best way again to 2013.


Dylan Strom performed with Darcy Comber in Arizona

The Washington Capitals have ditched each younger low season goalkeepers, Ilya Samsonov and Vitek Vanessek, in favor of a extra veteran employees. Capitals’ largest acquisition was 32-year-old Darcy Comber, who most just lately led the Colorado Avalanche to the 2022 Stanley Cup.

Previous to his time in Denver, Keumper performed 4 seasons with the Arizona Coyotes. One in every of his teammates there? Dylan Strom!

“Darcy Quimper performed with him in Arizona for a bit,” Strom stated.

The 2 Canadians performed innings two seasons collectively (2017-18, 2018-19) within the desert. Strom performed 41 video games with Arizona throughout these two years whereas Comber performed 65 video games. Kuemper’s NHL breakout season was the 2018-19 season along with his profession excessive on the time 55 begins, going 27-20-8 with a 0.925 save.


Conor Brown performed with Darcy Comber within the Canadian nationwide group

Conor Brown and Darcy Comber turned buddies and teammates as a member of the 2021 IIHF World Championship Crew for Canada, which was performed in Riga, Latvia.

“Darcy Comber, I performed with him on the World Championships,” Conor Brown stated. “I feel he’s a extremely paw goalkeeper. I liked enjoying with him and I liked him as a person.”

Canada went on to win the championship. Kuemper, the group participant, went 5-2-1 in eight video games, scoring 2.17 objectives towards a median and 0.916 saves share. Brown broke 16 factors (2g, 14a) in 10 video games.


Goalkeepers Darcy Comber and Charlie Lindgren have the identical agent

Darcy Comber and Charlie Lindgren would be the new Capitals battery within the purpose. They signed one after the other in the course of the free company, however they aren’t buddies. However considerably paradoxically, they’ve the identical agent: Ben Hankinson.

“I’ve by no means truly met [Lindgren] Comber stated. “I heard he is an ideal man. Nice within the locker room, everybody loves him. So excited to get to know him and begin our partnership there.”

Lindgren spent a part of final season with the St. Louis Blues after being a member of the Montreal Canadiens from 2015-2020.


Dylan Strom performed with Henrik Burgstrom and Eric Gustafson in Chicago

Dylan Strom was one among three gamers from the Chicago Blackhawks who signed him because the Capital One over the summer season. The opposite two are strikers Henrik Bogstrom and Eric Gustafsson. Burgstrom performed 52 video games for Chicago with seven factors, whereas Gustafson was in his second spell with the group. The defender performed with the group from 2015-2020 earlier than returning final season.


Eric Gustafson and Trevor van Rimsdijk used to play collectively in Chicago

Gustafsson and TVR have been teammates on the Windy Metropolis group in the course of the 2015-16 season. They performed 23:22 minutes collectively in 5 and 5 that yr.


Was buying so many gamers who know one another a grasp plan by Caps Basic Supervisor Brian MacLellan or is it simply an unbelievable coincidence? It’s hoped that this familiarity generates chemistry early within the season because the Capitals scramble to find a brand new squad with out injuring high six forwards Niklas Backstrom and Tom Wilson.

“I’m actually excited in regards to the additions that [the Capitals] Conor Brown stated. “I am excited to be part of it and excited to see what I can convey and what I will help a group seeking to push over the sting.”

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