Capitals Sign Jay Beagle, Andrew Gordon, Andrew Joudrey, Patrick McNeill and Zach Miskovic
Gordon, 24, appeared in two games for the Capitals last season. The Halifax, Nova Scotia, native spent his third season with Hershey in the American Hockey League (AHL) where he scored 37 goals in 79 games. His 37 goals ranked second on the team and tied for second in the league, while his 71 points ranked third on the team. Gordon played in 17 playoff games, recording 20 points (13g-7a) to help the Bears win the Calder Cup championship. He was the Capitals’ seventh-round choice, 197th overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. In his career, Gordon has 74 goals and 167 points in 217 games for the Bears.
Joudrey, who turns 26 today, spent his third full season with Hershey in 2009-10. He recorded 19 assists and 34 points in 78 games and two assists and three points in 21 playoff games to help the Bears win the Calder Cup. The 5’11”, 185-pound Joudrey has 54 assists and 89 points in 218 games with Hershey and eight assists and 10 points in 58 playoff games with the Bears, including two Calder Cup championships.
McNeill, 23, had 27 assists and 35 points in 62 games with Hershey last season, almost doubling his point total from the previous season. His 27 assists and 35 points ranked second on the team among defensemen behind John Carlson. The Strathroy, Ontario, native potted three goals and six points in 11 playoff games to help Hershey win the Calder Cup. McNeill was the Capitals’ fourth-round choice, 118th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He has played 156 games collecting 55 assists and 67 points in three seasons with the Bears.
Miskovic, who originally signed with Washington as a free agent in March 2009, recorded 20 assists and 26 points in his first professional season with Hershey. The 25-year-old Miskovic notched a goal and an assist in six playoff games for the Bears en route to the Calder Cup. Miskovic played four seasons at St. Lawrence University where he ended his collegiate career with 27 goals and 73 points. He had 16 goals his senior season leading all NCAA defensemen.
Beagle, 24, appeared in seven games for the Capitals last season and scored his first NHL goal on Nov. 23 at Ottawa. He played in 66 games for Hershey and potted 16 goals and 35 points. Beagle played in 21 Calder Cup games, notching seven assists and nine points as he helped lead Hershey to the Calder Cup championship. The Calgary, Alberta, native has played 10 career games for the Capitals netting one goal, one assist and four penalty minutes and played four Stanley Cup games with Washington during the 2008-09 season.