HERSHEY, PA — That roar you may have heard was Bears Nation voicing their approval, as the Washington Capitals announced they have re-signed Nathan Walker, their 3rd round draft pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
As per CapFriendly, the new contract is a two-year, two-way deal for $650,000 per year at the NHL level, and $125,000 at the AHL level, with $150,000 guaranteed in 2017-2018 and $175,000 guaranteed in 2018-2019.
Walker, who missed several games this past season due to injury, was on track for his most productive season in the AHL to date prior to the injury. Walker was mentioned by Caps’ coach Barry Trotz as a player he would like to have recalled this past season.
In 58 games in the regular season for the Bears, Walker recorded just 11 goals and 12 assists with an additional six points (2G, 4A) in the playoffs. The versatile forward filled in quite well for the Bears at the center position this season during the stretch run, following the departure of Zach Sanford (traded to St. Louis) and recall of Chandler Stephenson left the Bears thin at the position. His natural position is LW.
The 23-year-old, from Sydney, Australia is looking to become the first player from “down under” to make the NHL. Walker is also a fan-favorite in Hershey, and is well-known for some off-ice antics, especially with teammate Dustin Gazley. He’s also not afraid to mix it up on the ice with guys who are bigger than he is.
While you’ll have to wait to see him on the ice, you can catch up on some of our other articles about Walker from this past season, listed below.
Walker Comes to Defense of Teammates, Fights Andrew Shaw
Meet the Prospects – Nathan Walker
Walker injury update
Walker’s home return from injury – game summary
Walker one of Week’s Best – Our 3 Stars Weekly Report
By Julie Beidler
— Beids (@juliebeidler) April 16, 2017