Capitals Sign Alexander Alexeyev To Three-Year Entry-Level Contract

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The Washington Capitals signed defenseman Alexander Alexeyev to a three-year, entry-level contract worth an average annual value of $925,000, the team announced on Monday evening. 

The Capitals selected the 18-year old Russian 31st overall in this past year’s draft.

Last season, Alexeyev tallied seven goals, 37 points, and a -3 rating in 45 games with Red Deer. He also represented Russia at the World Junior Championships last December but was held off of the scoresheet in three games played.

The scouting report on him entering the draft was that he was a very good top-four, two-way defenseman but does not raise his game enough when he needs to. Scouts were projecting him to be two years away from cracking an NHL lineup.

Alexeyev tallied four assists in the three prospect tournament games for the Capitals in Estero, Florida earlier this month but would make plays that would work in the WHL but not the NHL. Still, Alexeyev looked very good in the prospect tournament.

Alexeyev participated in Capitals’ training camp this past week and was cut in the second wave of roster cuts but not because he was playing poorly. Alexeyev made his Capitals’ debut in a 5-2 loss to Boston Bruins on home ice last week and was impressive, recording the primary assist on the Capitals’ opening goal of the game and set a tone with his physicality.

He scored in back-to-back games to kick off the season with Red Deer. (More here).

Alexeyev was not hesitant to spill his new deal as he announced that he signed his first NHL contract with the Capitals before the team did.

From Capitals’ Release

The Washington Capitals have signed defenseman Alexander Alexeyev to a three-year entry-level contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Alexeyev’s contract will carry an average annual value of $925,000.

The Capitals selected Alexeyev with the 31st-overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.

Prior to the NHL Draft, Alexeyev, 18, was ranked ninth overall among North American defensemen by NHL Central Scouting. The St. Petersburg, Russia, native spent the 2017-18 season with the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League (WHL). Alexeyev led Red Deer defensemen with 37 points (7g, 30a) and recorded 29 penalty minutes in 45 games. The 6’4″, 199-pound defenseman also added another five points (2g, 3a) in three playoff games.

In 86 career WHL games, all with Red Deer, Alexeyev has recorded 58 points (11g, 47a) and 53 penalty minutes.

Video: #ALLCAPS All-Access | Alexander Alexeyev’s Draft Day

Alexeyev has represented Russia at the 2016 Under-18 World Championship and the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial. Additionally, Alexeyev recorded four assists in six games during the Under-17 Hockey Challenge in 2015 en route to winning a silver medal.

During the 2018 Prospect Showcase in Estero, Fla., Alexeyev led the Capitals in assists (4) and tied for first in points among defensemen in the showcase. In his NHL season debut against the Boston Bruins on Sept. 18, Alexeyev recorded an assist.

By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was seeing T.J. Oshie's hat-trick​ during Game 1 of the Caps' second round playoff series against Pittsburgh in 2016. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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4 Responses to Capitals Sign Alexander Alexeyev To Three-Year Entry-Level Contract

  1. J says:

    Alexeyev is real good looking D, bright nhl future with caps for him

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Day One Caps Fan says:

    Quite the beast, Alexeyev. Will add some needed snarl to spell Tom Wilson from time to time

    Liked by 1 person

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