On April 4 the Capitals’ AHL afilliate Hershey Bears announced that they had signed 2016 draft pick Beck Malenstyn to an amateur try-out. After watching the Calgary Hitmen get swept in the first round of the WHL playoffs, the Capitals announced that they signed the 18-year-old forward to a three-year entry-level contract starting in the 2017-18 season.
The Hitmen forward and fifth-round 2016 draft pick is coming off a career year, scoring 32 goals and 56 points in 70 games. He also racked up 60 penalty minutes (60), including two fighting majors. Malenstyn’s 32 goals this season quadrupled his total from last year.
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The Washington Capitals have signed forward Beck Malenstyn to a three-year, entry-level contract beginning with the 2017-18 season, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Malenstyn is currently with the Hershey Bears (AHL) on a tryout agreement.
Malenstyn, 19, registered 56 points (32g, 24a) in 70 games with the Calgary Hitmen (WHL) this season and ranked second on the team in points and goals and third in power-play goals (7). The Delta, B.C., native earned career highs in points, goals and assists and tied his career high in games played. Malenstyn posted a pair of six-game point streaks in 2016-17 and registered 11 multi-point games, including his first career hat trick on March 17 at Kootenay. Last season, Malenstyn, registered 25 points (eight goals, 17 assists) in 70 games Calgary and ranked third on the team in games played and ninth in points and assists. He has registered 96 points (48g, 48a) in 196 career WHL games with the Hitmen. Malenstyn was drafted by the Capitals in the fifth round, 145th overall, in the 2016 NHL Draft.
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