The Washington Capitals have re-signed defenseman Christian Djoos to a two-year, $1.3 million contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Djoos’ contract is two-way during the 2017-18 season and one-way during the 2018-19 season, at $650,000 per season. Djoos will earn $70,000 for the 2017-2018 season at the AHL (Bears) level. Djoos was a pending restricted free agent.
Djoos is expected to be a prime candidate for replacing Nate Schmidt, who was selected by the Vegas Knights in the recent NHL Expansion Draft. He will battle with Madison Bowey and other prospects this summer to make the team.
Djoos, the 22-year-old 2nd year defenseman out of Gothenberg, Sweden, was named the winner of the Dan Sernoffsky Award for the most improved player this year in Hershey. (presented by NoVa Caps Julie Beidler)
Djoos won the CCM/AHL Player of the Month award this past March. Here is a highlight package prepared for his play.
You can read our latest interview with Christian here.
FROM CAPITALS MEDIA RELEASE:
Djoos, 22, registered 58 points (13g, 45a) in 66 games with the Hershey Bears (AHL) last season, recording career highs in points, goals, assists and games played. The 6’0”, 164-pound defenseman ranked tied for first among AHL defensemen in assists in 2016-17 and ranked third in points. In addition, Djoos ranked second among Bears skaters in assists, third in points and tied for seventh in goals last season.
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By Jon Sorensen