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Capitals Ink 2022 Third-Rounders Suzdalev, Persson To Entry-Level Deals

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Capitals prospect Ludwig Persson

ARLINGTON, V.A. — The Washington Capitals got more business done on Friday, signing Alexander Suzdalev and Ludwig Persson to three-year, entry-level contracts.

Both Persson and Suzdalev have been at Capitals development camp this week. They will play in Friday’s scrimmage at Capital One Arena. Their deals will pay $775,000 in each of their first two seasons and pay $800,000 at the NHL level and $82,500 at the AHL level in the final year.

Suzdalev went 70th overall in the 2022 NHL Draft. He hails from the Swedish Jr. league and played in 45 games with HV 71 last season, scoring 15 goals and 31 assists.

The Russian has great hands and speed, and he also takes good care of the puck as well. He is a versatile forward who can make plays on the fly and picture-perfect passes, and he also uses his 6-2, 175-pound frame to his advantage.

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The Russian has great hands and speed, and he also takes good care of the puck as well. He is a versatile forward who can make plays on the fly and picture-perfect passes, and he also uses his 6-2, 175-pound frame to his advantage.

Persson went 85th overall in the 2022 NHL Draft. He spent 2021-22 with the Swedish-Jr. league’s Frolunda HC, dishing 25 goals and 36 assists in 41 games.

The 6-0, 178-pound winger has a strong wrist shot and can create time and space for himself while getting to the right, high-danger areas. Persson also plays the game with speed and has a high hockey IQ.

Suzdalev and Persson are the first 2022 draft picks to receive entry-level deals. Both them of them ranked in the top 50 among international skaters in this year’s draft class (Suzdalev 26th, Persson 46th).

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