According to vice president and general manager GeorgeMcPhee, the Washington Capitals have re-signed center Mathieu Perreault to atwo-year contract extension.
Perreault, 24, set career highs in goals (16), assists (14), points (30), gamesplayed (64) and plusminus (9) in 2011-12. He finished first on Washington inshooting percentage (26.7) and tied for fourth on the team with fourgame-winning goals. His 30 points ranked 10th on the team while he finishedtied for fifth in goals and tied for fourth in plusminus. Perreault talliedhis first career NHL hat trick on Jan. 24 vs. Boston and made his NHL playoffdebut against the Bruins, appearing in four postseason games with the Capitalsin 2012.
The Drummondville, Quebec, native has collected 53 points (27 goals, 26assists) and is a plus-10 in 120 career NHL games, all with Washington.Perreault was originally drafted by the Capitals in the sixth round (177thoverall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. He has played the second-most games andhas registered the second-most points among the 2006 Capitals draft class,trailing only Nicklas Backstrom in each category, and is one of just fourplayers in the league drafted in the fourth round or later in 2006 to haveposted 50 or more career points.
The 510, 185-pound center won back-to-back Calder Cup championships withHershey of the American Hockey League in 2009 and 2010. Perreault was named tothe Canadian Hockey League (CHL) and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL)Second All-Star Teams in 2007-08, recording the most assists (80) and the mostpoints (114) in the QMJHL that season. In 2006-07 Perreault was named to theCHL Second All-Star Team, the QMJHL First All-Star Team and was named theQMJHLs most valuable player.