After clearing cap space by trading Marcus Johansson to the New Jersey Devils on Sunday, the Capitals signed two forwards – both of which could see time in Hershey – to two-way deals. Right wing Devante Smith-Pelly and forward John Albert inked one-year, two-way contracts Monday morning.
Smith-Pelly, who has played parts of five seasons in the NHL, just recently had the final year of his two-year, $2.6 million contract bought out the day before free agency and is a candidate to skate on the Caps’ fourth line next season. A feisty undersized wing, Smith-Pelly registered an abysmal 40.85 shot attempts percentage last season with trap-happy New Jersey. During his time in Anaheim, Smith-Pelly had his biggest career accomplishment, scoring five unlikely playoff goals during the team’s 2013–14 postseason run (which ended in the second round).
Albert, originally drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers during the 2007 season, played in 9 NHL games for Winnipeg last season. During his distinguished American Hockey League career, the undersized center has registered 155 points (68 goals, 87 assists) in 283 career games with St. John’s and Manitoba.
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The Washington Capitals have signed right wing Devante Smith-Pelly to a one-year, two-way contract ($650,000/$300,000), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
Smith-Pelly, 25, registered nine points (4g, 5a) in 53 games with the New Jersey Devils last season. During the 2015-16 season, the 6’0”, 215-pound right wing recorded 25 points (14g, 11a) in 64 games with Montreal and New Jersey, earning career highs in goals, points and game-winning goals (5). In addition, Smith-Pelly earned a career-high three points (2g, 1a) on March 17, 2016 against Minnesota and recorded a career-long four-game point streak from March 10 to March 17, 2016 (4g, 2a). During the 2014-15 season, he recorded 20 points (6g, 14a) in 74 games with Anaheim and Montreal, marking career highs in games played and assists. Smith-Pelly has recorded 77 points (33g, 44a) in 266 career NHL games with Anaheim, Montreal and New Jersey. The Scarborough, Ont., native was drafted by Anaheim in the second round, 42nd overall, in the 2010 NHL Draft. In 124 career AHL games with Norfolk and Syracuse, Smith-Pelly has earned 76 points (41g, 35a) in 124 career AHL games with Norfolk and Syracuse.
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have signed forward John Albert to a one-year, two-way contract ($650,000/$220,000), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
Albert, 28, has registered 155 points (68g, 87a) in 283 career AHL games with St. John’s and Manitoba. During the 2013-14 season, the Cleveland, Ohio, native recorded 45 points (28g, 17a) and led St. John’s in goals. Albert collected seven points with St. John’s during the 2014 Calder Cup Playoffs, leading the IceCaps to the Calder Cup Finals. He served as an alternate captain with the IceCaps for two seasons, and was named team captain of the Manitoba Moose for the 2015-16 campaign.
The 5’11”, 190-pound forward played in Finland for Kärpät during the 2016-17 season, collecting 24 points (12g, 12a). Albert was drafted by Atlanta in the sixth round, 175th overall, in the 2007 NHL Draft. During the 2013-14 season, Albert appeared in nine games with Winnipeg and scored a goal against the NY Rangers in his NHL debut on Dec. 2, 2013. Prior to turning professional, Albert played at Ohio State (NCAA). He served as captain during his senior season and finished his career with 124 points (33 goals, 91 assists) in 159 NCAA games.
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