The Washington Capitals on Friday signed their top pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, Swedish forward Filip Forsberg, to a three-year, entry-level contract. Forsberg will earn $832,500 annually at the NHL level or $70,000 at the AHL level.
"They wanted to sign me and I wanted to sign with such a big organization and a good team," Forsberg said, according to CSN Washington. "It was a dream come true. I got a good first feeling from the Capitals and I thought it was a good decision to get it done right away."
Forsberg, 17, was chosen by Washington in the first round (No. 11) at last month's NHL Draft in Pittsburgh. He was listed as the top-ranked European skater heading into the draft according to NHL Central Scouting. Forsberg was the youngest player on Team Sweden at the 2012 World Junior Championships, helping his team capture its first gold medal since 1981 by recording one assist in six tournament games.
The native of Ostervala, Sweden, had 17 points (eight goals, nine assists) in 43 games with Leksand in the second division of Sweden’s senior league in 2011-12. Forsberg also captained Sweden to a silver medal in the 2012 World Under-18 Junior Championships, scoring five goals and adding two assists for seven points in six games while being named the tournament’s best forward.
The 6-foot-2, 181-pound player won a silver medal at the 2011 World Under-18 Championships and at the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament. He is participating in his first Capitals Development Camp and is expected to be assigned to Leksand for the 2012-13 season.