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Washington Capitals Sign Garrett Mitchell

The Washington Capitals have announced that they have signed forward Garrett Mitchell to a one year, two-way contract. The Washington Capitals released a statement about it.

Washington Capitals Statement About Garrett Mitchell Signing

“Mitchell, 22, registered two assists and 44 penalty minutes in 17 games with the Hershey Bears (AHL) in 2013-14. The Regina, Saskatchewan, native has earned 47 points (21 goals, 26 assists) in 160 career AHL games with Hershey. Mitchell recorded 112 points (51 goals, 61 assists) in 264 games with the Regina Pats (WHL) from 2006-11, and served as the team’s captain during the 2010-11 season. The 5’11”, 186-pound forward was drafted by the Capitals in the sixth round, 175th overall, in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft”

Mitchell’s salary has not been announced yet.

Garrett Mitchell is a fan favorite in Hershey, where he served as one of the alternate captains this season before tearing his right labrum in his shoulder. He might not serve in that role this season since he has a two-way contract and could wind up splitting time between the Washington Capitals and Hershey Bears.

I’m a fan of this signing for two reasons. First off, Garrett Mitchell is a great guy and a great leader. He means a lot to the Hershey Bears and it’s impressive how much his teammates and opponents respect him. Secondly, it gives the Capitals some depth. Mitchell is not a top 6 forward, but he’s a capable bottom 6 forward. If he plays for the Washington Capitals in 2014-2015, it will probably be as a fourth line wing.

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