Capitals Acquire Kris Beech, First-Round Pick for Brendan Witt
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Washington, D.C. – March 9, 2006 – The Washington Capitals have acquired center Kris Beech and a first-round pick in the 2006 Entry Draft from the Nashville Predators in exchange for defenseman Brendan Witt, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.
Beech, 25, was originally drafted by the Capitals in the first round of the 1999 Entry Draft (seventh overall). The 6’2”, 208-pound native of Salmon Arm, B.C., played four games with the Capitals in 2000-01 before being traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins on July 11, 2001, with Ross Lupaschuk, Michal Sivek and future considerations in exchange for Jaromir Jagr and Frantisek Kucera.
Beech was traded to Nashville on Sept. 9, 2005, and appeared in five games for the Predators this season, recording one goal and two assists. He has played 48 games this season for the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League, ranking third on the team in goals (18) and points (50). He has played 104 career NHL games for the Capitals, Penguins and Predators, recording 11 goals and 19 assists (30 points).
With Nashville’s first-round selection, Washington now has five picks in the first two rounds of the 2006 draft – both of its own, the Predators’ first-round pick, Anaheim’s second-round pick (acquired earlier today for Jeff Friesen) and Boston’s second-round pick (previously acquired, along with another pick, in exchange for Michael Nylander).
Witt leaves Washington having played 626 career games in 11 years with the Capitals. He posted 20 goals and 63 assists (83 points) and ranks fifth in franchise history with 1,035 career penalty minutes.