Whalers’ Carrick signs with Capitals

Release and photo from the Washington Capitals:

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have signed defenseman Connor Carrick to a three-year, entry-level contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

Carrick, 19, recorded 44 points (12 goals, 32 assists) in 68 games for the Plymouth Whalers (OHL) last season. The Orland Park, Illinois, native led Whalers defensemen in goals and penalty minutes (79) in 2012-13 and ranked second among defensemen in assists and points. Carrick skated in 15 playoff games for Plymouth last season, ranking first among Whalers skaters in assists (16) and third in points (18) during the postseason.

The 5’10”, 197-pound defenseman collected 21 points (8 goals, 13 assists) in 57 games with the United States National Under-18 Development team in 2012. Carrick helped the United States win a gold medal at the 2012 U-18 World Junior Championships, recording two goals and two assists in six tournament games.

Carrick was drafted by Washington in the fifth round (137th overall) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

VIDEO Carrick scored a goal later on Monday in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Boston Bruins (courtesy of The Russian machine Never Breaks blog)

MORE COVERAGE: “Connor Carrick, Sticking Around, Standing Out” – story by Chelsea Janes for the Washington Post:

Capitals defenseman Connor Carrick provided management and Coach Adam Oates with a pleasant surprise at training camp, displaying skill, composure, and physicality as an undersize blue-liner who is all but certain to head back to juniors for the 2013-14 season.

But for now, as the Capitals trim the roster around him, Carrick’s still in D.C. While he hasn’t find a spot on Washington’s roster just yet, he may have played his way into a season of AHL hockey with Hershey as opposed to another year in juniors with the OHL’s Plymouth Whalers.

“From what I’ve been told, it’s a possibility,” said Carrick. “How strong I don’t know. How soon I don’t know. But we’ll see.”

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