Washington Capitals forward prospect Damien Riat recorded his fourth goal of the season on Friday. He now has four goals and eight assists in just nine games played for Geneve-Servette so far this season.
Riat’s tally came on the end of a blast from the right circle, tying the game 2-2. He now has 12 points on the short season (1.33 pts/game).
Riat, a natural right winger, has looked solid in his brief stint for Geneve-Servette this season, occasionally flashing the skills that could eventually land him a spot on the Capitals roster.
The Capitals loaned Riat to the Geneve-Servette Hockey Club of the Swiss National League on August 4 to begin the 2020-21 hockey season. It is expected that the Capitals will recall Riat to North America when the organization’s 2020-21 training camps open.
“It’s a great opportunity for me to prepare for the start of the NHL here in Geneva, whenever that is,” he said. “At the moment I’m fully focused on the season with Geneva and I’m doing my best here. When the time comes to go to Washington, I’ll be ready for that too.” said Riat back in October.
Riat realizes the battle in Capitals camp will be fierce, but he is ready for the challenge.
“It will certainly not be easy for me in Washington. But I will do everything I can to take the chance this time and make the leap onto the team. My goal is to play in the NHL as soon as possible. I work on that every day,” he said. “I want to be successful and win championships. I feel like all players. I am of course aware that this requires a lot of hard work,” he said.
The Capitals signed Riat to a two-year entry level contract on March 5. Riat was preparing to report to Hershey when the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown hockey a week later. Riat’s contract will carry an average annual value of $817,500.
Damien Riat Attends Camp For Swiss National Team
By Jon Sorensen