After losing AHL forwards Riley Barber and Nathan Walker, the Washington Capitals have turned to the free agent market for more forward depth.
The Capitals have signed center Philippe Maillet to a two-year, two-way contract worth $700k a season. The 26-year-old forward scored 16 goals and tallied 38 assists with the Ontario Reign last year. The 38 assists and the 54 points were career highs.
Maillet is a bit of a late bloomer. The center was signed by the Ontario Reign as an undrafted free agent as a 22-year-old. Maillet played four years at the University of New Brunswick (U Sports), recording 166 points (60g, 106a). During his senior season in 2016-17, Maillet received the Senator Joseph A. Sullivan Trophy as the Player of the Year in U Sports. Additionally, Maillet won the David Johnston University Cup in his junior and senior seasons.
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Maillet has never played a game in the NHL.
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The Washington Capitals have signed center Philippe Maillet to a two-year, two-way contract, with an average annual value of $700,000, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
Maillet, 26, recorded 54 points (16g, 38a) in 68 games with the Ontario Reign of the American Hockey League (AHL), setting career highs in assists and points. Additionally, the 5’9″, 167-pound forward led Ontario in assists and ranked second in points.
In 140 career games with Ontario, the Lachenaie, Que., native recorded 94 points (36g, 58a).
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