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Capitals Sign Simeon Varlamov to Entry-Level Contract

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
ARLINGTON, Va.July 11, 2007 – The Washington Capitals have signed goaltender Simeon Varlamov to a three-year entry-level contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.


Varlamov (pronunciation: SIHM-yahn VAR-la-mohv), 19, was a first-round selection of the Capitals, 23rd overall, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. The 6’1’’, 183-pound, left-handed catching goaltender spent this past season with Yaroslavl of the Russian Super League.

The Samara, Russia, native finished the regular season with a 15-7-6 record in Russia’s top professional league, posting a 2.12 goals-against average in 31 games. He allowed just 64 goals in 1,810 minutes played. Varlamov skated two seasons with Yaroslavl’s junior club before playing for their elite team.

Varlamov also has a great deal of international experience for his age, having appeared in two World Junior Championships and two under-18 championships in the past three years. He has been named to the preliminary roster for the Russian team that will participate in the Canada/Russia Super Series later this summer. Varlamov had a stellar showing at the 2007 World Junior Championship, finishing second in the tournament with a 1.51 GAA and third with a .934 save percentage. He posted two shutouts and was named one of the top three performers on the Russian team. He was also one of the last goaltenders cut from Team Russia for the 2007 World Championship.

Varlamov was named the top goaltender at the 2006 Under-18 Five Nations Tournament, leading Team Russia to the championship title with a 4-0 record.

He is in attendance at the team’s summer development camp hosted this week, July 11-14, at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va.

Simeon Varlamov
Position: Goaltender
Born: April 27, 1988 (Kuybyshev, USSR; now Samara, Russia)
Height: 6’1” Weight: 183 Catches: Left
Drafted: Capitals’ first-round choice, 23rd overall, in the 2006 Entry Draft

Regular Season Playoffs
Year Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SA SPCT GP W L Min GAA
2004-05 Yaroslavl2 Russia-3 8 - - - 480 15 1 1.90 - - - - - - -
2005-06 Yaroslavl2 Russia-3 33 - - - 1782 60 8 2.02 - - - - - - -
Russia WJC 1 1 0 0 60 1 0 1.00 - - - - - - -
2006-07 Yaroslavl Russia 31 15 7 6 1810 64 3 2.12 - - 6 - - 368 2.94
Russia WJC 6 5 1 0 358 9 2 1.51 - - - - - - -
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