Top 3 players the Capitals should make sure to keep

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Connor McMichael, Hershey Bears
Connor McMichael, Hershey Bears /

#2 Connor McMichael

The Caps may swing big for the fences when it comes to a top six trade but if they’re going to include a prospect in the package don’t include Connor McMichael.

He’s a versatile forward who already proved he can thrive in the Spencer Carbery system. He can play center or wing. If Nicklas Backstrom gets hurt or decides to hang it up, Dylan Strome moves into the second line while McMichael can center the third line.

If Evgeny Kuznetsov gets traded? Cool. Bump them up one more. Put Strome on the top line and McMichael on the second line. Maybe rotate the second line with McMichael and Backstrom if they decide to move on from Kuzy.

McMichael only skated in six NHL games last season and didn’t have stats that jump off your screen. But we all know why it’s the coach’s inability to play the youth. But there’s a new sherif in town.

In Hershey though McMichael tore it up in both the regular season and en route to the team’s 12th Calder Cup championship. In the regular season McMichael scored 16 goals and added 23 assists for 39 points. In the playoffs he addd 10 points with six goals and four assists including a goal in the Cup clinching Game 7.