Capitals resign Marcus Johansson, sign 1st rounder Burakowsky
MJ 90 is back in a red jersey!
The Capitals and Johansson agreed to a 2 year/$4 million deal officially closing the book on an exciting offseason as training camp looms.
A native of Landskorona, Sweden, Johansson was drafted by the Capitals in the 1st round (24th overall) in the 2009 NHL
Entry Draft out of Farjestads BK Karlstad of the Swedish Hockey League (formerly Elitserien). After signing a three year entry level deal, Johansson has increased production in all three seasons with the Capitals, scoring 14 goals in 2011. After missing time last season with a concussion, Johansson’s play last season increased after being moved to the left wing on the top line with stars Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin scoring 22 points in only 34 games.
The Caps also were able to ink a deal with this year’s first round pick Andre Burakowsky to a standard entry level contract. The 23rd pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, Burakowsky scored 11 points in 43 games for the Malmo Redhawks of the Allsvenskan (Sweden’s second tier league) as an 18 year old playing against grown men. Burakowsky also scored 4 goals in 5 games for Sweden’s World Junior team. He is expected to play for the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League where he will more than likely be on the same line with the 2015 projected #1 overall pick and Junior Hockey phenom Connor McDavid.