The Washington Capitals made a late addition to their organization on the first day of free agency. The team has signed French forward Pierrick Dube to a two-year, entry-level contract.
Dube, 22, is an undrafted center that spent all of last season in the Montreal Canadiens system with the AHL’s Laval Rocket and ECHL’s Trois-Rivières Lions.
Pierrick Dubé #ALLCAPS
Undrafted 2 year entry-level
$870k cap hit / $950k AAV
Breakdown Each Season:
$775k + $95k SB + $80k guaranteedhttps://t.co/EB450Lf8fI
— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) July 1, 2023
Dube played 44 games for Laval during the 2022-23 campaign, his first full season as a pro. He tallied 32 points (16g, 16a) in the AHL and added a further 14 points (9g, 5a) in nine games at the ECHL level with the Lions.
Prior to his first full pro season, Dube spent parts of five years in the QMJHL with the Quebec Remparts, Chicoutimi Sagueneens, and Shawinigan Cataractes. In his time in Chicoutimi, he crossed paths with Capitals prospect Hendrix Lapierre and the two were linemates for a spell with New Jersey Devils forward Dawson Mercer.
The trio starred for Chicoutimi in the QMJHL playoffs, posting 43 total points in nine games. They were eventually bounced out of the semifinals by the Val-d’Or Foreurs in three games and Dube was dealt to the Cataractes the next year where he became a QMJHL champion.
Dube is the second French-born player that the Caps have added to their organization in the last week after they drafted netminder Antoine Keller in the seventh round of the 2023 draft on Thursday.
Dube has represented his country of birth regularly since the 2017-18 season. In 2019-20, he played for France in the World Junior Championships B-Division. He tallied nine points (5g, 4a) in five games and was voted as the Best Forward in the tournament after France captured a silver medal.
Dube is waiver exempt for the next three seasons since he signed his first NHL contract at the age of 22. His two-year deal expires after the 2024-25 season and he will be a restricted free agent, meaning the Caps will still hold exclusive rights to him. If he makes the NHL roster he’ll be due a $775,000 base salary which shrinks to a $82,500 salary in the AHL.
Screenshot via QMJHL/YouTube
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