ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have signed Kris Bindulis to a three-year, entry-level contract and forward Hampus Gustafsson to a two-year, entry-level contract beginning with the 2017-18 season, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Both Bindulis and Gustafsson will report to Hershey on a tryout agreement for the remainder of the 2016-17 season.
Bindulis, 21, recorded 12 points (1g, 11a) in 28 games with Lake Superior State University this season. The 6’3”, 180-pound defenseman ranked third among Lake Superior State defensemen in points and assists and recorded two points (1g, 1a) in his NCAA debut on Oct. 14 against Michigan State. Prior to his freshman year at Lake Superior State, Bindulis registered 46 points (10g, 36a) in 57 games with the Aston Rebels (NAHL) and served as the team’s home captain during the 2015-16 season.
Gustafsson, 23, registered 26 points (15g, 11a) in 36 games with Merrimack College (NCAA) this season and led the team in goals, ranked second in points and fourth in assists. In addition, Gustafsson registered a career high in goals and tied his career high in points (2015-16: 26). The Ljungby, Sweden, native is a nominee for the 2017 Hobey Baker Memorial Award, given annually to the top NCAA men’s ice hockey player, and served as an alternate captain for Merrimack during the last two seasons (2015-17). Gustafsson posted an eight-game point streak this season (10/15-11/5: 6g, 2a) and recorded five points (3g, 2a) on Feb. 10 in Merrimack’s 6-3 victory at Boston College. The 6’4”, 205-pound forward played four seasons at Merrimack College (2013-17), registering 87 points (38g, 49a) in 146 career games.