Two weeks before forfeiting his rights, the Capitals have signed defenseman Christian Djoos to a three-year, entry-level contract, Caps assistant general manager Brian MacLellan announced on Friday.
Djoos, 19, was drafted by the Caps in the seventh round [197th overall] in the 2012 draft. He would have re-entered the 2014 draft if the Caps did not sign him. He is expected to return to play at least one more season for Brynas of the Swedish Hockey League before coming to play in North America.
A 5-foot-11, 158-pound native of Gothenburg, Sweden, Djoos registered one goal and 12 assists, along with four penalty minutes, in 47 games with Brynas this season.
He earned 21 points [three goals, 18 assists] and 42 penalty minutes in 95 career SHL games. He also represented Sweden at two IIHF World Junior Championships [2013, 2014] and one IIHF U18 World Championship , capturing a silver medal at each tournament.
Djoos is the fourth member of the Capitals’ 2012 draft class to sign with the team, joining Connor Carrick, Chandler Stephenson and Tom Wilson.