The Washington Capitals aren’t done. The team announced its second re-signing of the day – this time, Hershey Bears forward Brian Pinho. Pinho will make $700k at the NHL level, and $100k in the AHL.
Drafted 174th overall by the Capitals in the 2013 NHL Draft, Pinho played his first professional season with the Hershey Bears in 2018-19. Over 73 regular season games, Pinho scored four goals, and tallied eight assists. His only goal of the 2018 Calder Cup playoffs was a decisive tally in overtime of Game Five, sending Hershey to the Atlantic Division Finals.
The Capitals first signed Pinho to a contract on April 4th, 2018, though he later opted to return to Providence to graduate. Over his senior year, he recorded 32 points (12 goals, 20 assists) in 40 games. Pinho rejoined the Capitals for his sixth development camp in July, where he centered the top line for the White Team.
Back in 2018, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman called Pinho “a name to keep an eye on”. With the Capitals re-signing Pinho alongside Gersich, it is likely the organization have faith in his continued development with Hershey.
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The Washington Capitals have re-signed forward Brian Pinho to a one-year, two-way contract ($700,000/$100,000), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
Pinho, 24, recorded 12 points (4g, 8a) in 73 regular season games and two points (1g, 1a) in eight playoffs games with the Hershey Bears (AHL) this season, his first professional season. The 6’2″, 197-pound forward scored the overtime series-clinching goal in Game 5 in the opening round of the playoffs against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
The North Andover, Mass., native recorded 32 points (12g, 20a) in 40 games with Providence College in his senior season in 2017-18, making Pinho, who captained the Friars, the second-highest goal scorer at Providence College. Pinho was named as Hockey East’s Best Defensive Forward and was named to the Third All Star Team.
Pinho finished his NCAA career with 115 points (39g, 76a) in 156 games. In his junior season, the 6’1″, 191-pound forward led Providence with 40 points (12g, 28a), and his 28 assists were the most by a Friar since the 2002-03 season. Pinho recorded 25 points (9g, 16a) in his sophomore season, recording six multi-point games. In his 2014-15 freshman season, Pinho led all Providence freshmen with 18 points (6g, 12a) and was named as the team’s Most Outstanding Freshman. Pinho recorded two points (1g, 1a) in four NCAA Tournament games en route to a NCAA Championship, Providence’s first-ever hockey championship.
Pinho played in 59 games for the Indiana Ice in the USHL in the 2013-14 season, tied for sixth in goals (28) and 15th in points (56) in the USHL. Pinho scored the game-winning goal in Game 5 of the USHL Clark Cup Final against the Waterloo Black Hawks, earning Indiana their second Clark Cup in franchise history. A product St. John’s Prep High School in Massachusetts, Pinho recorded 93 points (32g, 61a) in 45 games in two seasons from 2011 to 2013.
The Capitals selected Pinho in the sixth round, 174th overall, in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
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