The Washington Capitals have come to terms with first-round draft pick Filip Forsberg, signing him to a three-year entry-level contract Friday.
The 6'2", 181-pound forward was Washington's top draft pick (No. 11 overall) in last month's NHL Draft. Forsberg's contract is worth $832,500 at the NHL level (which is over $230,000 more than what recently-signed forward Wojtek Wolski will earn next season) and $70,000 at the AHL level.
"I felt pretty good," Forsberg said Friday. "I got a good first feeling from the Capitals. I thought it was a good decision to get it done right away."
"My agent has been talking to the staff in Capitals since the draft," he continued. "They wanted to sign me and of course I wanted to be signed for such a big organization, a good team. So yeah, it was a dream coming true to sign with the Capitals."
Forsberg has been participating in the Caps' annual Development Camp this week and has impressed as expected. While the team's front office and fans alike have been able to catch a glimpse of Forsberg this week, they will not be able to in Washington next season.
Despite signing with the Caps, Forsberg still has one year remaining on his contract with Leksand in Sweden and he plans to honor that commitment. Forsberg also said this week that he will not be at Washington's training camp in September because it coincides with Leksand's season back home.
The 17-year-old's contract will take effect upon his first season in North America. Forsberg said Friday that he will decide on his future after his season in Sweden ends.
Thanks to SB Nation D.C.'s Ted Starkey for providing audio of Forsberg.
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