The Washington Capitals are reporting they have signed defenseman Dmitri Orlov to a 3-year entry-level NHL contract begining next season. CapGeek.com is reporting the deal is for a total of $2.13 million. Orlov was taken by the Capitals in the 2nd round, 55th overall, in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
Orlov, 19, is currently playing for the AHL Hershey Bears on an AHL-only Pro Tryout Contract and is ineligible to play for the Capitals this season. Orlov played in his first two AHL games for the Bears last weekend, posting an assist in each. For Orlov's player pages on NHL.com, TSN, AHL.com, Hockey's Future, and Russian Prospects, check out our Da Bears tab for the entire Hershey Bears Roster.
Following in John Carlson's footsteps, Orlov wore the "A" for his Russian World Junior Team as they defeated Team Canada in the Gold Medal game. Orlov recently completed his second full KHL season with Metallurg Novokuznetsk and bought out the remaining year on the contract to come to North America and help the Bears in their run for a 3rd straight Calder Cup.
Orlov is an energetic puck-rushing defenseman who is adept at controlling the powerplay. He uses his 5'11, 200 lb frame well in his own zone, but still has much to learn about positioning, defensive responsibility, and the North American game. That said, he is a left-handed defenseman playing the right side with a point-per-game average in the second best professional league in North America. He has a bright future ahead of him.