The Washington Capitals have signed center Hendrix Lapierre to a three-year entry level contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced recently. Lapierre’s contract will carry an average annual value of $925,000.
Lapierre, 18, leads the Chicoutimi Sagueneens with eight points (3g, 5a) in four games this season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL).
The Gatineau, Quebec, native spent the 2019-20 season with Chicoutimi, recording 17 points (2g, 15a) in 19 games. The 6’0″, 179-pound center recorded 11 points (3g, 8a) in five games at the 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup, leading all skaters in the tournament in points and helped Team Canada earn a silver medal.
In the 2018-19 season, Lapierre won the Michel Bergeron as the QMJHL Offensive Rookie of the Year after recording 45 points (13g, 32a) in 48 games with Chicoutimi.
The Capitals selected Lapierre with the 22nd overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft. Washington traded their 24th overall pick and their 80th overall pick to the Calgary Flames to acquire the 22nd overall pick. Lapierre became the 17th center the Capitals have selected in the first round in team history and the first from the QMJHL since Stanislav Galiev and Samuel Carrier in 2010.
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