Washington Capitals‘ 2nd round pick in the 2009 draft (#55 overall), Russian-born defenseman Dmitry Orlov(28) had every reason to believe the first 15 games he spent last season with their affiliate Hershey Bears would be his last in the minors.
In 60 NHL games in what turned into his rookie campaign he scored 3 goals and added another 16 assists and was reliable in his own zone, ending 2011/2012 with a +1 plus/minus.
At 6′ 205 lbs., he is a sturdy frame with offensive upsides that are already pretty well-developed for his young age.
He picks up where he left off on the scoresheet with a goal and 8 assists in 18 games. In 52 AHL games over three seasons he has 7 goals and 20 assists.
He’s signed with the club through 2014. 2-year extension city is written all over this one.