Goaltender Edward Pasquale, acquired on draft day and expected to serve as the backup goaltender in Hershey this season, signed with the Washington Capitals for a one-year, two-way deal, the team announced Wednesday.
A restricted free agent this offseason, Pasquale was among four players in the Capitals organization to receive qualifying offers before the deadline. Michael Latta signed a contract extension on July 1; defensemen Cam Schilling and Nate Schmidt remain unsigned. On June 28, Washington brought Pasquale from Winnipeg in exchange for a sixth-round pick, a seventh-round pick and a seventh-round pick in 2015. In return, the Capitals also got the 159th overall pick, which they used to pick Minnesota high-schooler Steven Spinner.
Pasquale has spent the past three seasons with the St. John’s IceCaps in the AHL, appearing in 31 games last season with a 2.43 goals-per-game average and a .920 save percentage. With Braden Holtby the unequivocal starter in Washington, Justin Peters recently signed to be his backup and Philipp Grubauer, who has been working out this week at Kettler Capitals Iceplex with goalie coaches Mitch Korn, Olie Kolzig and Scott Murray, it’s likely that Pasquale will be the fourth netminder in Washington’s system, playing behind Grubauer in Hershey.
Pasquale was drafted in the fourth round in 2009 by Atlanta. He has also played four seasons of junior hockey in the OHL and in Chicago with the AHL’s Wolves, earning all-rookie honors in 2011-12. Last season, according to CapGeek, he made $75,000 in the AHL with an NHL salary of $575,000. He has not yet reached the NHL. According to CapGeek, his qualifying offer would have been $632,500.