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Washington Capitals sign 2008 first-round pick Anton Gustafsson

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have signed centre Anton Gustafsson, their first-round pick in last year’s NHL draft.

Gustafsson is the son of former Capitals player Bengt Gustafsson.

The younger Gustafsson signed a three-year entry-level contract. He was the 21st overall selection. The 19-year-old took part in Washington’s development camp last summer and the rookie camp in September.

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The announcement of his contract Thursday comes one day after the Capitals were eliminated from the playoffs with a 6-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 7 of their second-round Eastern Conference series.