Capitals sign free-agent goaltender Pheonix Copley

March 19

The Capitals signed college free agent goaltender Pheonix Copley to a two-year, entry-level contract Wednesday.

Copley, 22, is a listed at 6-3, 175 pounds and played the last two seasons at Michigan Tech. The Alaska native appeared in 30 games this season, recording a 10-13-6 record, .911 save percentage and 2.51 goals-against average.

Prior to his two seasons playing NCAA hockey, Copley played for USHL teams in Des Moines and Tri-City and Corpus Christi in the NAHL.

He will report to the AHL’s Hershey Bears.

Washington’s organizational depth chart in net has grown thinner in recent years, with the trade of Semyon Varlamov to Colorado in 2011 and trade that sent Michal Neuvirth to Buffalo on March 4.

The addition of Copley is a low-risk move that could result in another home-grown netminder coming through the pipeline behind Braden Holtby and Philipp Grubauer, but at this stage it’s difficult to gauge where he projects long term.

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