The Capitals have extended bona fide offers to four 2012 draftees, thereby retaining the rights of those players for the 2013-14 season.
Washington sent bona fide offers to forward Chandler Stephenson and defensemen Connor Carrick, Jaynen Rissling and Christian Djoos. All four players must be signed to entry-level deals by June 1, 2014 in order for the Caps to retain their rights beyond the upcoming season.
Stephenson was Washington’s third-round choice (77th overall). He spent the 2012-13 season playing with the Regina Pats of the WHL, totaling 14 goals and 45 points in 46 games.
Carrick played for the OHL’s Plymouth Whalers last season, totaling a dozen goals and 44 points in 68 games. He added two goals and 18 points in 15 playoff contests for Plymouth. Carrick was the Capitals’ fifth-round choice (137th overall) in the 2012 NHL draft.
Rissling was a seventh-round choice (197th overall). He recorded five goals and 28 points in 61 games with the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL in 2012-13.
Djoos skated with Brynas in the Swedish Elite League in 2012-13, recording two goals and eight points in 47 games.
The Capitals drafted 10 players at the 2012 NHL Draft. They traded one of those players (first-rounder Filip Forsberg) and signed two others (first-rounder Tom Wilson and seventh-rounder Sergei Kostenko). Three 2012 draftees are playing hockey at the NCAA college level (fourth-rounders Thomas DiPauli and Austin Wuthrich and sixth-rounder Riley Barber); those players don’t require bona fide offers.
All four players are expected to be in attendance at Washington’s annual summer development camp in July.