The Washington Capitals have signed defenseman Alexander Alexeyev to a three-year entry-level contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Alexeyev's contract will carry an average annual value of $925,000.
The Capitals selected Alexeyev with the 31st-overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.
Prior to the NHL Draft, Alexeyev, 18, was ranked ninth overall among North American defensemen by NHL Central Scouting. The St. Petersburg, Russia, native spent the 2017-18 season with the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League (WHL). Alexeyev led Red Deer defensemen with 37 points (7g, 30a) and recorded 29 penalty minutes in 45 games. The 6'4", 199-pound defenseman also added another five points (2g, 3a) in three playoff games.
In 86 career WHL games, all with Red Deer, Alexeyev has recorded 58 points (11g, 47a) and 53 penalty minutes.
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Alexeyev has represented Russia at the 2016 Under-18 World Championship and the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial. Additionally, Alexeyev recorded four assists in six games during the Under-17 Hockey Challenge in 2015 en route to winning a silver medal.
During the 2018 Prospect Showcase in Estero, Fla., Alexeyev led the Capitals in assists (4) and tied for first in points among defensemen in the showcase. In his NHL season debut against the Boston Bruins on Sept. 18, Alexeyev recorded an assist.