Johansen signs on with Capitals
The Washington Capitals have signed Kelowna Rockets defenceman Lucas Johansen to a three-year entry-level contract.
The 19-year-old Johansen ranks second among Rockets defencemen with 6 goals and 30 assists in 60 games this season, with a +/- rating of +16.
Last season, Johansen put up 49 points (10 goals, 39 assists) in 69 games and led the team's blueliners in points, goals and assists as well as ranked third among WHL defensemen in power-play assists (25).
The 6'2", 179 lb. d-man was a teammate of another Capitals prospect in Madison Bowey. In 2014-15 the two helped the Rockets win the WHL championship.
Over 190 career WHL games, Johansen has put up 90 points (16 goals, 74 assists), and was drafted by the Capitals in the first round, 28th overall, in the 2016 NHL Draft.
Johansen's older brother Ryan Johansen was also drafted in the first round of the NHL Draft, fourth overall, to the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2010. Ryan is a centre that currently plays for the Nashville Predators, where he's put up 49 points (10 goals, 39 assists) thus far this year.
Johansen and the Rockets are back in action on Friday night when they visit the Everett Silvertips, before heading back home on Saturday night to take on the Tri-City Americans.
Friday's game is at 7:30, with Saturday's puck drop at 7. You can catch both games on AM 1150, with the pre-game show starting a half hour before game time.