#2 Connor McMichael
Connor McMichael was all over the ice. He has taken tremendous strides this season since getting a well deserved expanded role in the NHL. After shining with the Hershey Bears which was bad for the Caps but great for the Bears, he’s more than graduated from prospect to young NHL stud.
McMichael set up the Caps first goal of the night which was his fifth assist of the season. Four of his five assists are primary helpers. That’s tied with Aliaksei Protas for second on the team and only Alex Ovechkin has more with six.
McMichael gave the Caps the lead finishing off a rebound from a Mantha shot with a bat in. He now has seven points in his last nine games with three goals and four assists. The goal was his fifth of the season and with that along with the assist earlier, it was his second multi point game of the season and the fourth of his career.
McMichael told the media after the game, “I went to the net and saw it just hanging in the air. I just tried to get my stick on it, and I’m lucky I did.”
While Mantha and McMichael did excellent on the third line this next player really stood out.