Forsberg Signs, Helps White WinPosted on January 14, 2013 by Mike Vogel
Friday was an eventful day at the Caps’ annual summer development camp. Midway through the morning’s scrimmage, the team announced that it had signed Filip Forsberg to a three-year, entry-level contract. The deal pays Forsberg a sum of $832,500 per season (plus bonuses) at the NHL level and $70,000 at the AHL level. Forsberg, who is in town for his first summer development camp with the Capitals, celebrates his 18th birthday next month. He is the youngest player in attendance at this week’s camp. Forsberg has already committed to playing in his native Sweden for the Leksands team in 2012-13. He is open to the possibility of starting his North American career as soon as the fall of 2013, but that decision will be made further on down the road. What we know is that when Forsberg does decide to come and play on this side of the pond, he will already be under contract. “My agent has been talking to the staff of the Capitals since the draft,” said Forsberg after the conclusion of Friday’s scrimmage. “They wanted to sign me and of course I wanted to be signed to such a big organization and such a good team. It was a dream come true to sign for the Capitals.” Caps fans can get their last glimpse of Forsberg until next summer on Saturday when the camp concludes at Kettler Capitals Iceplex with the team’s Fan Fest. Newly acquired center Mike Ribeiro will be on hand for a media conference and he will also sign autographs for fans from 10-11 a.m. The final scrimmage gets underway at 10 a.m. on Saturday, and we’ll be streaming it live here on washingtoncaps.com. Both the Red and White teams have won two earlier scrimmages this week. White won by a 4-1 count on Friday with 2012 draftees Forsberg (an assist), Chandler Stephenson (a goal) and Connor Carrick (a goal) chipping in to aid the cause for White. Stephenson’s goal came on a penalty shot, Carrick’s was on a one-timer from the top of the right circle. None of the Caps’ newly drafted players at camp this week looks at all out of place. “At the [U.S.] NTDP, we’re pretty used to playing against some older guys,” noted Carrick after the scrimmage. “We play a college hockey schedule. A lot of guys are from that [program]. I wouldn’t say it’s been a huge jump. Maybe for the summertime; it’s been a long time since I played a competitive game. So the first couple days the speed was a little fast because you’re not really playing super-serious hockey in the summertime. “I haven’t been wowed, but it’s been challenging for sure. I feel like I’ve been able to make some things [happen], be physical and chip in offensively a couple of times. But I’ve gotten caught a couple of sides as well. On both sides, I think I’ve had some successes and my failures have been there all week, too.” Approximately four dozen players are in attendance this week, with roughly half of those being Caps drafted and/or signed players. They’ll all be headed home on Saturday after camp concludes with the final scrimmage.
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