Capitals sign first-rounder Lapierre to three-year, entry-level deal

Chicoutimi Sagueneens forward Hendrix Lapierre. (Credit: André Émond)

The Washington Capitals have signed first-round pick Hendrix Lapierre to a three-year, entry-level contract with an average annual value of $925,000, the team announced Tuesday.

The 18-year-old pivot was selected by the Capitals with the 22nd pick of the 2020 NHL Draft after they traded the 24th and 80th selections to the Calgary Flames in order to grab Lapierre.

Lapierre, a native of Gatineau, Que., leads the QMJHL's Chicoutimi Sagueneens with eight points in four games this season. He was limited to just 19 games in 2019-20 as he dealt with what was believed to be a pair of concussions, but was later revealed to be a lingering spinal issue that had gone undiagnosed.

The year prior, Lapierre, who was selected No. 1 overall by Chicoutimi in the 2018 QMJHL Draft, was named the league's offensive rookie of the year after recording 45 points in 48 games.

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