The Capitals today announced the signing of right wing prospect Dmitry Kugryshev, their second-round selection in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. The pact is a three-year entry level one.
Kugryshev is in his second season skating in North America, for Patrick Roy and the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL. In 64 games this season Kugryshev, who also skated for Russia at the World Juniors, has 83 points (28 goals, 55 assists). He ranks first on Quebec in points and seventh overall in scoring in the Q. Expect the promising winger to complete his Juniors season and then join the Hershey Bears.
Speaking of the Bears, head coach Mark French today shared with the Patriot News‘ Tim Leone some high flattery for John Carlson and his efforts thus far in a Caps’ sweater. French took note of Carlson’s lining up on the Capitals’ blueline late in the third period of a 3-3 game with Dallas last night and then again at the start of 4-on-4 overtime.
“A 3-3 game, he’s on the ice in the dying minutes of a tie game. Then 4-on-4 [in overtime] he’s a big part of what they do that way. So, yeah, I think he’s a good player. We’d love to have him back here, but I think he’s shown, from my humble opinion, that he can help at that level,” the Bears coach said.
Monday night’s game on Versus, incidentally, delivered the best-ever ratings for a regular season hockey game in D.C. for the network.
Tuesday also brought word, indirectly, of a likely tightening of the selection of sites for next year’s Winter Classic. New Yankee Stadium is out. Nats’ Stadium is certainly more likely than ever.