A few weeks ago, first-round draft pick Andre Burakovsy was on the fence over whether he should play in Sweden this season or make the jump to the Ontario Hockey League.
The incentive of his first professional contract helped sway that decision.
On Wednesday the Caps announced they had signed Burakovsky to a three-year, entry level contract. Burakovsky told reporters a few weeks ago that he had reached a verbal agreement with the Caps, around the same time he told the Otters he would play for them.
Taken by the Caps with the 23rd pick of the 2013 draft, Burakovsky, 18, got off to a promising start with Erie, recording two goals and an assist in his first exhibition game on Saturday night.
Burakovsky, a right wing, is a longshot to make the Caps roster this season and his contract will not kick in until he plays on an NHL roster. He will begin his first rookie camp with the Capitals today at Kettler, where players will hit the ice at 4:15 p.m.
With Burakovsky under contract, Caps general manager George McPhee will get to work on hammering out an extension for Marcus Johansson, who remains the only unsigned player on the Caps roster.
Johansson and the rest of the Caps veterans are scheduled to report to Kettler on Sept. 11, with on-ice practices beginning the following day.