In a swift and decisive move, the Capitals announced Friday they have signed first-round draft pick Filip Forsberg to a three-year, entry level contract.
Taken 16th overall in last months NHL draft, Forberg will earnn 832,500 at the NHL level and 70,000 at the AHL level. Although he has had a strong development camp, Forsberg is still expected to play for Leksand in Sweden next season.
Forsberg, 17, was listed as the top-ranked European skater heading into the draft according to NHL Central Scouting. Forsberg was the youngest player on Team Sweden at the 2012 World Junior Championships, helping his team capture their first World Junior gold medal since 1981 by recording one assist in six tournament games.
The Ostervala, Sweden, native collected 17 points (eight goals, nine assists) in 43 games with Leksand in the second division of Swedens senior league in 2011-12. Forsberg also captained Sweden to a silver medal in the 2012 World Under-18 Junior Championships, registering five goals and two assists in six games while being named the tournaments best forward.