The Washington Capitals announced on Thursday afternoon that they have signed forward Brett Leason, their second-round pick (56th overall) in the 2019 NHL Draft, to a three-year entry-level contract that carries a cap hit of $750,000.
Leason, 20, notched 36 goals, 83 points, and a +55 rating in 55 games this past season. In his rookie year with Prince Albert, he posted 15 goals, 32 points, and a -6 rating in 54 games. He was held scoreless and posted a -4 rating in three games during the Memorial Cup.
He won the 2019 E.J. McGuire Award of Excellence, which is awarded to a candidate who best shows commitment to excellence through strength of character, competitiveness, and athleticism.
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The Washington Capitals have signed forward Brett Leason to a three-year entry level contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.Leason’s contract will carry an average annual salary of $750,000 and will include a $92,500 signing bonus each year (yielding an average annual value of $842,500).
The Capitals selected Leason with their second round pick, 56th-overall, in the 2019 NHL Draft.
Leason, 20, was ranked fifth among right wings and 21st overall among North American forwards by NHL Central Scouting. The 6’4″, 210-pound right wing registered 89 points (36g, 53a) in 55 games with the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League (WHL) last season. Leason led Prince Albert in points and ranked eighth in the WHL in the 2018-19 season. The Calgary, Alberta, native recorded 25 points (10g, 15a) in 22 playoff games, ranking second in the WHL in playoff points, en route to Prince Albert’s Ed Chynoweth Cup as the WHL champions. Leason was named to the WHL (East) First All-Star Team last season.
In 190 career WHL games between Prince Albert and the Tri-City Americans, Leason has recorded 140 points (60g, 80a). He received the 2019 E.J. McGuire Award of Excellence this year, presented annually by the NHL to a prospect who best exemplifies commitment to excellence through strength of character, competitiveness and athleticism.
Leason represented Team Canada in the 2019 World Junior Championship, recording five points (3g, 2a) in five games.
By Harrison Brown