Canadian ice hockey right winger Connor Brown revealed he was left in shock after being traded to the Washington Capitals from the Ottawa Senators. However, he’s now embracing his chance to play with new teammates including the great likes of Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov and John Carlson.
The 28-year-old forward was traded on July 13 after three seasons with the Senators. He said that he’s now looking towards big things at the Capitals after initially being caught off guard by the move.
“It took a while to sink in, but it’s full-speed ahead moving forward now,” Brown told NHL.com last week. “I think we’re going to be good. There’s a lot to be excited about. I’m just focused on what I can add to what’s already been a really good team for a lot of years.”
He added: “They already have a base foundation of being such a really good team, so I’m trying to come in and make a difference any way I can.”
“Always good when you’re on same page as your coach”
The Toronto native Brown averaged 2:46 of shorthanded ice time per game over the past two National Hockey League seasons, which ranks first among the tournament forwards. He was with the Senators from 2019-22 and ranked third for them in goals (47) and assists (70) and second in points (117) during this period.
“I talked to [Laviolette] a little bit and it was about doing different things: facing the other team’s power plays, moving up and down the lineup, playing with top guys, playing here and there, things like that,” Brown said. “It’s a similar role that I’ve had throughout my career. It’s always good when you’re on the same page as your coach and when he sees you the same way you see yourself.”