Carrick signs his deal. (Photo credit: @CapitalsPR)
Capitals defensive prospect Connor Carrick has signed a three-year entry-level contract with the club, according to Mike Vogel. Via CSN’s Chuck Gormley, Carrick’s deal carries a $550,000 NHL salary in years one and two, and a cap hit of $575,000 in year three.
The 19-year-old Carrick has become one of the Capitals’ most intriguing prospects in the last few months. Carrick had a great OHL playoffs with Plymouth, leading all defensemen in points. After that, he was one of the most notable players on the ice during the Lake Placid National Junior Evaluation Camp tournament for Team USA.
A native of Orland Park, Illinois, Carrick has had a strong preseason in the NHL, making the case to go pro and play in the AHL this season. He couldn’t do that without a contract, but a deal doesn’t guarantee him a place in the pro league. Just like a contract of his friend and teammate Tom Wilson, Carrick’s contract will slide (extend automatically one year) unless he plays in 10 or more NHL games this season.
From the Capitals:
The Washington Capitals have signed defenseman Connor Carrick to a three-year, entry-level contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.
Carrick, 19, recorded 44 points (12 goals, 32 assists) in 68 games for the Plymouth Whalers (OHL) last season. The Orland Park, Illinois, native led Whalers defensemen in goals and penalty minutes (79) in 2012-13 and ranked second among defensemen in assists and points. Carrick skated in 15 playoff games for Plymouth last season, ranking first among Whalers skaters in assists (16) and third in points (18) during the postseason.
The 5’10”, 197-pound defenseman collected 21 points (8 goals, 13 assists) in 57 games with the United States National Under-18 Development team in 2012. Carrick helped the United States win a gold medal at the 2012 U-18 World Junior Championships, recording two goals and two assists in six tournament games.
Carrick was drafted by Washington in the fifth round (137th overall) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
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