A week ago, the odds of Connor McMichael getting into an NHL game anytime soon seemed slim.

The 2019 first-round draft pick was just finishing his league-mandated quarantine after representing Canada at the world junior championships, and the veteran-laden Capitals were healthy and winning.

Then a positive test — and the ensuing contact tracing — resulted in Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov ending up on the COVID protocol list. A couple of days later, an injury sent Tom Wilson to the sidelines.

“Slim” suddenly became, “Welcome to the show, kid.”

With roughly $29 million in salary unavailable to suit up, McMichael, the Caps’ top prospect, was summoned from the taxi squad and made his NHL debut against the visiting Sabres on Sunday afternoon.

The rookie did more than just hold his own in Washington’s 4-3 shootout loss.

“I thought he was good,” coach Peter…





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