Capitals Prospect Henrik Rybinski Named Seattle Thunderbirds’ MVP For 2021-22 Season

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He went unsigned in the NHL as a winger. Then the Seattle Thunderbirds decided to move him to the center position for the 2021-22 season and his game took off. As a result, the Washington Capitals signed Henrik Rybinski to a three-year entry-level deal on March 1.

The icing on the cake for Rybinski came when he was named the Thunderbirds’ Most Valuable Player for the 2021-22 season. The announcement and award presentation was made Sunday night following the Thunderbirds 4-1 win over the Everett Silvertips.

Rybinski, 20, was originally drafted by the Florida Panthers in the 5th round (#136 overall) in 2019 NHL Entry Draft, but was not offered a contract. As previously noted, he mostly played right wing up until this season, when he switched to center.

According to Pro Hockey Rumors, Rybinski was in the Edmonton Oilers development camp last August, and before that, he had been in camps run by the Panthers. That’s actually where he transitioned back to center, the position he now plays full-time.

For the season, Rybinski has 21 goals and 43 assists in 46 games played for a 1.39 points per game average, and shot the puck 146 times for a 14.4% shooting percentage. His game total is on the low side after he sat out most of March with an injury.

Rybinski should be in Capitals development camp this summer and will most likely report to the Hershey Bears for the start of the 2022-23 AHL season.

Stick taps to Jimmy Milstead for his assistance in covering Rybinski since his signing on March 1.

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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6 Responses to Capitals Prospect Henrik Rybinski Named Seattle Thunderbirds’ MVP For 2021-22 Season

  1. Anonymous says:

    Impressive turnaround for the kid. Bears will have two pretty good centers in Hughes and Rybinski.

  2. Diane Doyle says:

    Great accomplishment for Rybinski! (Caps also leading the league in prospects named Henrik)

  3. steven says:

    With Protas, Rybinski, Hughes, McMichael and LaPierre the Caps could have a strong down the C in 2 or 3 years. Maybe they keep Gersich who looks good for the 4th line at either C or F. With Backys contract up in 3 years and Kuzys up at the same time and Ellers up after next year; some of these guys better be ready next year and then someone will hae to take Oshies place in 3 years. Does Protas make the team next season along with McMichael and when will the other 3 be ready? And sad to say we have to tolerate Laviolette for another year and watch our young players stagnate while he isnt a coach who is a teacher or likes young players. So time to get a new HC and GM.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Excited to see him in Hershey next season.

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