Thursday, May 22, 2008

Capitals Sign Alzner

Here is the story from NHL.COM:
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have signed defenseman Karl Alzner to a three-year entry-level contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Alzner was the Capitals’ first-round choice, fifth overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

Alzner, who will turn 20 on Sept. 24, recently completed his fourth season with the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League (WHL) and was named the WHL Player of the Year and Defenseman of the Year in 2007-08. He is a finalist for the Canadian Hockey League Player of the Year, which will be announced at the CHL Awards Show Saturday night. The captain of the Hitmen, Alzner recorded 36 points (seven goals, 29 assists), a +26 rating and just 15 penalty minutes in 60 games in the regular season.

A two-time gold medalist at the IIHF World Junior Championship with Canada, Alzner captained the Canadian team in 2007-08 and was named one of the team’s top three players by the coaching staff. Alzner also represented Canada in the 2007 Canada/Russia Super Series and played for the WHL team in the 2006 Canada-Russia Challenge.

Alzner is rated as Washington’s top prospect by The Hockey News and Hockey’s Future. Those publications rank him as the NHL’s No. 9 and No. 12 prospect, respectively.

Alzner will attend Washington’s summer development camp, to be held July 7-12 at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va.

Karl Alzner
Position: Defense
Born: September 24, 1988 (Burnaby, British Columbia)
Height: 6’2” Weight: 209 Shoots: Left
Drafted: Capitals’ first-round choice, fifth overall, in the 2007 Entry Draft
Regular Season Playoffs
Year Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003-04 Richmond PUHL 74 3 15 18 8 - - - - -
2004-05 Calgary WHL 66 0 10 10 19 12 0 3 3 9
2005-06 Calgary WHL 70 4 20 24 28 13 1 3 4 4
2006-07 Calgary WHL 63 8 39 47 32 18 1 12 13 4
Canada WJC 6 0 1 1 2 - - - - -
2007-08 Calgary WHL 60 7 29 36 15 16 2 6 8 4
Canada WJC 7 1 1 2 0 - - - - -

WHL East Second All-Star Team (2007) * WHL East First All-Star Team (2008) * WHL Player of the Year (2008) * WHL Defenseman of the Year (2008)

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