Washington Capitals Sign Riley Sutter to Three-Year Entry-Level Contract

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The Washington Capitals have signed forward Riley Sutter to a three-year entry-level contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Sutter’s contract will carry an average annual value of $817,500. 

Sutter, 18, had an impressive prospect tournament for the Capitals back in early September. He also looked good in the Capitals training camp and preseason games he played in, before being re-assigned to the Everett Silvertips on September 19. As you may already, Sutter comes from an impressive lineage of hockey Sutters (More here.)


The Capitals selected Sutter with the 93rd-overall pick (third round) in the 2018 NHL Draft. During the 2018 Prospect Showcase in Estero, Fla., Sutter led the Capitals in goals (3) and tied for first in points (5). Sutter made his NHL preseason debut on Sept. 18 against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden.

Prior to the NHL Draft, Sutter, 18, was ranked 45th overall among North American forwards by NHL Central Scouting. The 6’4″, 203-pound forward registered 53 points (25g, 17 assists) in 68 games with the Everett Silvertips (WHL) last season. Sutter ranked fifth on the team in goals, sixth in points and seventh in assists in 2017-18. Sutter added another 19 points (9g, 10a) in 21 playoff games with Everett last season. Sutter has earned 96 points (46g, 50a) in 166 career WHL games with Everett.

The Calgary, AB., native is the son of Ron Sutter, who was drafted fourth overall in 1982 by the Philadelphia Flyers and amassed 535 points (205g, 330a) in 1,093 games between Philadelphia, the St. Louis Blues, the Quebec Nordiques, the New York Islanders, the Boston Bruins, the San Jose Sharks and the Calgary Flames. Additionally, Sutter has five uncles who played in the NHL (Darryl, Duane, Brian, Rich and Brent Sutter).

Our prospect profile of Riley Sutter is here.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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9 Responses to Washington Capitals Sign Riley Sutter to Three-Year Entry-Level Contract

  1. DayOne Caps Fanatic says:

    In the 1970s, 80s and 90s, it seemed that all the really good NHL teams had a Sutter, but the Caps did not. Now we have one. I bet he’ll be a good one

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