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Capitals Acquire Andy Hedlund, Sixth-Round Draft Pick for Lawrence Nycholat

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Capitals acquired defenseman Andy Hedlund and a sixth-round draft pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for defenseman Lawrence Nycholat, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.


Hedlund, 28, has spent the 2006-07 season with the Binghamton Senators of the American Hockey League (AHL). He has seen action in 56 games, tallying five goals, 21 assists and 84 penalty minutes. The 6’2”, 216-pound native of Osseo, Minn., was acquired by Ottawa as a free agent on June 19, 2006. Hedlund spent the 2005-06 season playing professionally in Germany and will be assigned to the Hershey Bears of the AHL.  

Nycholat, 27, was called up from the Hershey on Dec. 23, 2006, and played in 18 games for the Capitals this season.  He registered two goals, six assists and averaged 20:31 of ice time per game. Nycholat was an integral member of the Bears run to the Calder Cup championship last season, as he netted 13 goals and 44 assists in 73 regular-season games. A 5’11”, 200-pound native of Calgary, Alberta, Nycholat made his NHL debut in 2003-04, playing nine games with the New York Rangers.

With the Ottawa Senators’ sixth-round selection, the Capitals now have eight selections in the first six rounds of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

HEDLUND'S CAREER STATISTICS
Regular Season Playoffs
Year Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1997-98 Fargo-Moorhead USHL 56 4 12 16 135 4 0 4 4 0
1998-99 Minnesota State WCHA 34 1 2 3 34 - - - - -
1999-00 Minnesota State WCHA 36 4 2 6 58 - - - - -
2000-01 Minnesota State WCHA 38 6 6 12 64 - - - - -
2001-02 Minnesota State WCHA 37 5 10 15 48 - - - - -
Trenton ECHL 2 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 6
2002-03 Trenton ECHL 13 1 2 3 14 - - - - -
Binghamton AHL 59 1 7 8 48 10 0 0 0 0
2003-04 Binghamton AHL 80 4 19 23 108 2 0 0 0 2
2004-05 Binghamton AHL 75 2 13 15 103 6 0 2 2 25
2005-06 Krefeld GER 52 12 22 34 100 5 0 2 2 6
2006-07 Binghamton AHL 56 5 21 26 84 - - - - -
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