Just three days removed from trading away their first-round pick in the 2017 draft, the Washington Capitals have signed their top pick from 2016. The team announced the signing of prospects Lucas Johansen and Colby Williams to entry-level contracts on Thursday beginning in the 2017-18 season.
Johansen's deal is for three years, Williams' is for two.
Washington's first round selection in the 2016 draft, Johansen, 19, has tallied 36 points this season with the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL. He currently ranks second among Kelowna defensemen in points, goals (6) and assists (30).
Williams, 22, is currently playing in the AHL with the Hershey Bears and has earned 13 points in 49 games. As a member of the Regina Pats of the WHL in 2015-16, Williams suffered nerve damage after a severe laceration to his arm. He was strong in his return for Regina, however, with 12 points in 19 games for the Pats. That success has carried over to this year in his first professional season.
Both players will remain with their respective teams for now. Johansen is projected to be with Hershey in 2017-18.
UPDATE: The Capitals also announced Wednesday the signing of free agent forward Mason Mitchell to a two-year, entry-level contract starting in the 2017-18 season. In 31 games with the University of Alaska-Anchorage, Mitchell registered 14 points. The 22-year-old will join the Hershey Bears on tryout.