Capitals Sign Carlsson To One-Year, Two-Way Contract

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The Washington Capitals announced on Wednesday that they signed defenseman Gabriel Carlsson to a one-year, two-way contract that carries a $750,000 cap hit at the NHL-level and $400,000 at the AHL-level. He became an unrestricted free agent on July 13.

The 25-year-old earned two goals, nine points, a 47.99% five-on-five Corsi-for percentage, 47.47% five-on-five expected goals-for percentage, and a 48.99% five-on-five scoring chances-for percentage in 39 NHL games with the Columbus Blue Jackets last season. He also earned two assists in two AHL games. His +6 rating led Columbus blueliners.

In 75 career NHL games, he has three goals and 16 points. In 146 career AHL games, Carlsson has earned six goals and 32 points.

Carlsson, the 29th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft by the Blue Jackets, will likely compete with Erik Gustafsson and Lucas Johansen for a spot on the left-side of the third pairing in training camp.

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6 Responses to Capitals Sign Carlsson To One-Year, Two-Way Contract

  1. Eric says:

    Okay, before this signing I heard that Gustafsson is expected to compete with Johansen for that 3LD spot. Alexeyev wasn’t mentioned. I don’t necessarily have a problem with that. I expect he’ll get it if he’s better, but I don’t follow our AHL team much; big picture I kinda/mostly know what’s going on but I don’t watch games. I assume that he wasn’t mentioned because the organization doesn’t think that, realistically, he’s on the level of those two. But here, with the addition of Carlson, you add him in that competition.
    My question is: do you really think he has a realistic shot? If his name is going to be thrown into the competition, then shouldn’t Alexeyev too? Is there that much of a difference between those two?

  2. DWGie26 says:

    Another 25 year old first round pick. Playing more NHL game. Another savvy move by GMBM.

    Now can we get one of these who is RHD please. 🙂

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