Today, the Washington Capitals have locked up their top pick from this year’s draft, giving defenseman Alexander Alexeyev a three-year, entry-level contract. The blueliner announced his deal himself via his Instagram page. The financial terms of the deal have not been released yet.
The 18-year-old was the 31st overall pick of the draft, which was the last pick in the first round. The youngster had an impressive season with Red Deer of the WHL. However, injuries limited him to just 45 regular season games but he still led the Rebels in scoring from the blue line with seven goals and 30 assists for a nice 37 points. He also picked up five points in the post-season.
Finally, new Capital has already been returned to Red Deer for the upcoming season. Do not expect to see Alexeyev reach the ten NHL games required to actually start the contract in 2018-19. If needed, he can now only be recalled under emergency conditions. Accordingly, his deal will kick in the following season, which will give him three years left starting in 2019-2020. He’s already off to a good start to his junior campaign with a pair of goals in as many games with the Rebels.