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The Washington Capitals have signed defenseman Martin Fehervary to a three-year entry-level contract. The Capitals selected @fehy6 in the second round, 46th-overall, in the 2018 NHL Draft. #ALLCAPS https://t.co/t20ivMXDtp
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) July 1, 2018
The Capitals selected Fehervary, 18, with the 46th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. The team previously acquired that pick from the New Jersey Devils on July 2, 2017, when they sent forward Marcus Johansson to the Devils. The Capitals also acquired the 87th overall pick in the draft as part of the trade.
Fehervary recorded a goal and seven points in 42 games for IK Oskarshamn in 2017-18. He had a plus-minus rating of +1. In the playoffs, he recorded one goal and three points in eight games. The native of Bratislava, Slovakia represented Slovakia at the World Junior Championships and tallied one goal and two points in five games. He is listed as a 6’2” 194-pound defenseman.
At the draft, NHL Network said during their coverage that Fehervary is strong defensively but wasn’t as strong offensively. During an interview after he was selected, Fehervary said he models his game after Capitals’ defenseman Michal Kempny, who signed a four-year extension worth $10 million ($2.5 million AAV) with the team on Friday.
Fehervary was at Capitals’ development camp last week.
According to the Capitals, he will report to HV71 of the Swedish Hockey League for the 2018-19 season.
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Fehervary, 18, was ranked sixth overall among European defensemen by NHL Central Scouting. The 6’2″, 194-pound defenseman registered seven points (1g, 6 assists) in 42 games with IK Oskarshamn in HockeyAllsvenskan (SWE-2) last season. The Bratislava, Slovakia, native also participated in one game for HV71 in the Swedish Hockey League. Additionally, in the 2016-17 season, Fehervary played in 32 games for the Malmo Redhawks U-20 team in the SuperElit League in Sweden, recording four goals and five assists, the most goals by a defenseman in the SuperElite League that season. Fehervary has represented Slovakia in the Under-20 World Junior Championship in each of the last two years and was named a top-3 player on his team in 2017.
By Harrison Brown