The Capitals signed forward Brian Pinho to a two-year entry-level contract with an annual cap hit of $833,750 AAV and will report to the team today.
The Capitals selected Pinho with the 174th overall pick in the sixth round of the 2013 NHL Draft. He will wear #64 for the Capitals.
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The 22-year old center tallied 12 goals and 32 points in 40 games with the University of Rhode Island. He was the second highest scorer on the team and captain of the team. Pinho also recorded eight multi-point games, assisted on five game-winning goals and went on a six-game point streak (Nov. 11-Dec. 1: 3 goals, 5 assists) for the Friars this season. Pinho was named as Hockey East’s Best Defensive Forward and was named to the Third All-Star Team.
The native of North Andover, Massachusetts finished his NCAA career with 39 goals and 115 points in 156 games. He led the team in scoring last year with 12 goals and 40 points. His 28 assists last season were the most by a Friar since 2002-03. In his 2014-15 freshman season, Pinho led all Providence freshmen with 18 points (six goals) and was named as the team’s Most Outstanding Freshman. Pinho recorded two points (one goal) in four NCAA Tournament games en route to a NCAA Championship, Providence’s first-ever hockey championship.
Pinho played in 59 games for the Indiana Ice in the USHL in the 2013-14 season, tied for sixth in goals (28) and 15th in points (56) in the USHL. Pinho scored the game-winning goal in Game 5 of the USHL Clark Cup Final against the Waterloo Black Hawks, earning Indiana their second Clark Cup in franchise history. A product St. John’s Prep High School in Massachusetts, Pinho recorded 93 points (32 goals) in 45 games in two seasons from 2011 to 2013.
This is the third prospect that the team has signed in the past month; the Caps signed defenseman Tobias Geisser from the Swiss league on March 22 and center Shane Gersich from the University of North Dakota on March 23.
The Capitals, who clinched their third straight Metropolitan Division title this week, host the Nashville Predators tomorrow night at Capital One Arena.
By Harrison Brown