The Washington Capitals have signed defenseman Tobias Geisser to a three-year entry-level contract beginning in the 2018-19 season, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Geisser's contract will carry an average annual value of $867,000.
The Capitals selected Geisser in the fourth round, 120th-overall, in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Geisser, 19, recorded six points (2g, 4a) in 38 games with EV Zug in the National League (Swiss) this season. Geisser also represented Switzerland in the 2018 World Junior Championship, skating in five games. Geisser was named a top-three player on Switzerland during the tournament.
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The Stans, Switzerland native was ranked 30th overall among European skaters by NHL Central Scouting prior to the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. The 6'4", 200-pound defenseman made his National League debut in 2016-17 and recorded one assist in 14 games with EV Zug. Geisser also registered 10 points (3g, 7a) in 34 games with EV Zug's minor-league affiliate in the 2016-17 season, EV Zug Academy. Geisser represented Switzerland at the 2017 IIHF World U18 Championship, the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup and the 2016 U20 4 Nations Tournament. With the Capitals' selection of Geisser, Washington selected a Swiss-born player in the NHL Draft in three consecutive seasons (2016: Damien Riat, 2015: Jonas Siegenthaler).
Geisser will remain in Switzerland and is scheduled to attend the 2018 Capitals Development Camp.