The Washington Capitals have landed one of the top free agents in the CHL.
The Capitals announced the signing of Henry Rybinski to a three-year entry-level contract on Tuesday afternoon, coming to terms with the hotly coveted winger who, as reports indicate, was pursued by a number of other NHL teams prior to his decision.
Rybinski currently plays for the Seattle Thunderbirds of the WHL, racking up an impressive 18 goals and 54 points so far this season in just 39 games. The 20-year-old is a former fifth-round pick of the Florida Panthers from the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, with his rights expiring this offseason after the two sides did not come to terms on a contract.
Now, Rybinski is headed to a Capitals organization thathas begun the process of stocking their cupboards in preparation for a future beyond the Alexander Ovechkin era.
Rybinski is somewhat of a lanky player when it comes to his stature, standing at six-foot-two but only weighing in at 185 pounds. Still, the Vancouver native has compiled an impressive resume throughout his junior career, scoring at over a point-per-game in three of his five WHL seasons while sitting on pace to double his previous personal best in goals barring any unforeseen developments prior to the end of this season.
With the top candidate now off the board, the CHL free agent market is not set to cool down any time soon, with Tuesday serving as the first day that NHL organizations can sign overage free agents to entry-level contracts that kick in next season.
Stay tuned for more signings as they roll in.