ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have signed free agent defenseman Dmitry Orlov to a three-year entry-level contract beginning next season, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.
Orlov, 19, has collected two assists in his first two games with the Hershey Bears (AHL) this season after signing an amateur tryout contract with Hershey on February, 20. Prior to his stint in Hershey, Orlov appeared in 45 games with the Novokuznetsk Metallurg (KHL) this year, registering 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) and 43 penalty minutes.
Orlov, a 5’11”, 202-pound defenseman from Novokuznetsk, Russia, was Washington’s second-round selection, 55th overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He helped lead Team Russia to a gold medal at the 2011 World Junior Championships in Buffalo, recording nine points (one goal, eight assists) in seven games and was named to the tournament All-Star team.
In addition, Orlov represented Team Russia at the 2010 World Junior Championships and was one of Russia’s top three performers at the 2009 Under-18 World Championships.