The Washington Capitals have signed forward Riley Sutter to a three-year entry-level contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Sutter's contract will carry an average annual value of $817,500.
The Capitals selected Sutter with the 93rd-overall pick (third round) in the 2018 NHL Draft. During the 2018 Prospect Showcase in Estero, Fla., Sutter led the Capitals in goals (3) and tied for first in points (5). Sutter made his NHL preseason debut on Sept. 18 against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden.
Prior to the NHL Draft, Sutter, 18, was ranked 45th overall among North American forwards by NHL Central Scouting. The 6'4", 203-pound forward registered 53 points (25g, 17 assists) in 68 games with the Everett Silvertips (WHL) last season. Sutter ranked fifth on the team in goals, sixth in points and seventh in assists in 2017-18. Sutter added another 19 points (9g, 10a) in 21 playoff games with Everett last season. Sutter has earned 96 points (46g, 50a) in 166 career WHL games with Everett.
The Calgary, AB., native is the son of Ron Sutter, who was drafted fourth overall in 1982 by the Philadelphia Flyers and amassed 535 points (205g, 330a) in 1,093 games between Philadelphia, the St. Louis Blues, the Quebec Nordiques, the New York Islanders, the Boston Bruins, the San Jose Sharks and the Calgary Flames. Additionally, Sutter has five uncles who played in the NHL (Darryl, Duane, Brian, Rich and Brent Sutter).