New Capitals Strome and Brown Arrive in DC and Join Informal Skates

With training camp fast approaching, the Washington Capitals saw two of their newest offseason additions join the roster for some informal skates on Wednesday.

Dylan Strome and Connor Brown hit the ice with Lars Eller, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Carl Hagelin and more as the Capitals continued their off-season training ahead of the 2022-23 campaign. Washington posted photos of the two on Twitter Wednesday.

This is the first time Strome and Brown have worn full Capitals gear and skated at the MedStar Capitals Iceplex. Strome signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract with Washington to open free agency. The team also acquired Connor Brown from Ottawa. at the start of the offseason.

Strome is coming off a strong season in Chicago that saw him post a career-high 22 goals and 26 assists for 48 points in 69 games. He hopes he can find more consistency in the District. He also wants to be more reliable at both ends of the rink.

“I think over the last two years I feel like I’ve become a bit more reliable than maybe I was early in my career defensively. So I think I was put in situations last year where I had to make faceoffs in the defensive zone at key times in games and my faceoff numbers improved last year and I’m looking to improve this year. So really excited about that. Obviously I like to produce offense, I like to help on the power play where it’s usually in front of the net or down below, I think that’s where I’m at my best.

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Brown, who has 10 goals and 29 assists in 64 games with Ottawa in 2021-22, wants to bring “a bit of everything” to the Capitals.

“I always thought I was a talented striker and I consider myself as such. But I remember my junior coach really telling me to focus on being a good penalty killer and make it something I’m proud of, and since then I’ve really done it,” Brown said. “I try to have a knack for stealing pucks, I really like shots on goal…defensively as a forward, I’m stealing pucks and playing tough. I like to think of myself as doing a bit of everything. So I think I can help the second unit and whatever I can do, every little thing, I I’ll try to bring everything in. It’s hard to identify one there.

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