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 bunch of men who have been already males with one another.

“It is sort 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 normal supervisor Brian MacLellan added, “A few of our gamers already know a few of these gamers. I believe it ought to be simple for us to incorporate them within the squad.”

There’s 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 workforce

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

“I bear in mind taking part in with Stromer,” Conor Brown stated. “He was solely 16 years outdated. Solely a participant with excessive expertise, hand, might rating. I believe he nonetheless performs alone within the league. He is a brilliant participant. Often, good gamers enhance as they grow old and begin determining how you can 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 profitable the OHL MVP Awards, whereas Ström earned 39 (10g, 29a) in 60 video games as a rookie that 12 months.

“He is a really massive competitor,” Strom stated of Brown. “He likes to win. I bear in mind my first recreation within the rookies. I did not know what to anticipate. I used to be so younger, simply discovered my manner. We misplaced our first recreation of the season in extra time and he was off the ice and he was upset and annoyed by our loss. That was my first expertise. I believe he is an awesome chief.” He was captain then. He is an awesome hockey participant. It was enjoyable to look at that 12 months. We had an excellent first streak that I’ve to look at a bit. They scored plenty of factors and plenty of targets. Trying ahead to getting again into his workforce. Final week. It has been a very long time (9 years) since we have been on the identical workforce 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 workforce the place his father was the top coach.


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 over time and adopted one another on Instagram lengthy earlier than this 12 months’s season.

“Tom Wilson acquired me,” Dylan Strom stated. “I labored with him for 2 years. He’s clearly pleased to be on his aspect of the ice this time as an alternative of taking part in in opposition to 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 massive enhance earlier than coaching camp.

“I do know Tommy Wilson,” Conor Brown stated throughout his press convention. “We grew up taking part in in opposition to one another our complete lives within the Toronto space since we have been actually younger. We have at all times been pleasant rivals and have recognized one another over time.”

The 2 performed usually in opposition to one another at OHL with Wilson being the substitute captain for the Plymouth Whalers in 2012-13 whereas Brown was in his first 12 months captaining the workforce with the Otters. I checked and not one of the gamers had fought earlier than.

A fast have a look at Instagram reveals that Wilson liked Brown’s Instagram posts all the way in which 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 workers. Capitals’ largest acquisition was 32-year-old Darcy Comber, who most 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 together 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 workforce

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

“Darcy Comber, I performed with him on the World Championships,” Conor Brown stated. “I believe he’s a very paw goalkeeper. I liked taking part in with him and I liked him as a person.”

Canada went on to win the championship. Kuemper, the workforce participant, went 5-2-1 in eight video games, scoring 2.17 targets in opposition to 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 objective. They signed one after the other through the free company, however they don’t seem to be buddies. However considerably mockingly, they’ve the identical agent: Ben Hankinson.

“I’ve by no means truly met [Lindgren] Comber stated. “I heard he is an awesome 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 workforce. The defender performed with the workforce 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 workforce through the 2015-16 season. They performed 23:22 minutes collectively in 5 and 5 that 12 months.

Was buying so many gamers who know one another a grasp plan by Caps Common 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 concerning 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 workforce seeking to push over the sting.”

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