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Washington Capitals add depth with the signing of Conor Sheary

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The Washington Capitals finished 1st in the Metropolitan Division last season but fell in the first round of the playoffs. The team excelled offensively, finishing second in the NHL in goals scored per game.  Adding depth to an already strong unit, the team signed forward Conor Sheary to a one-year contract worth $735,000.

The 28-year-old Conor Sheary scored 10 goals and 23 points over 63 games last season. He played 55 games with the Buffalo Sabers before being traded to the team that signed him as an undrafted free agent out of college, the Pittsburgh Penguins. Conor Sheary scored a career-high 23 goals for the Penguins in 2016-2017 and was part of two Stanley Cup champion teams.  In 325 career games, Sheary has 72 goals and 78 assists.

Not big in stature, at 5’ 8” and 175 pounds, Conor Sheary brings a lot of heart and playoff experience to the Washington Capitals. He has appeared in 61 playoff games, which ranks 21st in the NHL among forwards since 2016. Sheary made as mark as a rookie in the Stanley Cup Finals, scoring an overtime goal. In doing so, he became the first rookie in 30 years to score an overtime goal in a Stanley Cup Final.

Sheary will join an already experienced set of left wingers in Washington. Ilya Kovalchuk is 37 years old, Alex Ovechkin is 35, and Carl Hagelin is 32.  Other left wingers on the roster include Daniel Carr, Shane Gersich, and 22-year-old Beck Malenstyn.  Ovechkin was by far the top goal scorer of the group and the team with 48 goals. Conor Sheary’s 10 goals would have ranked second among left wingers on the Capitals last season. The signing was a wise one for the organization and should Sheary excel, could land himself a longer deal at the end of the season.

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