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Caps Extension Gives Wellman Stability, Rewards Solid AHL Play
Casey Wellman skates with the Caps during the warmup before their Feb 26 game against the Carolina Hurricanes (Photo Credit: M. Richter).
Today, centre Casey Wellman signed a two-year/two-way extension with the Caps, reportedly worth 550K/year at NHL level. The twenty-five year old joined the Caps organization back in January, after a trade with the San Antonio Rampage, and he’s been quietly making his mark with the Hershey Bears ever since (7-14-21 in 22 games).
When Wellman was picked up earlier this season in exchange for centre Zach Hamill, his career with the Caps was far from assured. Wellman was on his third contract in as many years, having been offered single-year contracts after his two-year entry level contract expired. He’d also been through four AHL teams in the last two seasons, starting with the Houston Aeros and bouncing through both the CT Whale and the Rampage before landing in Hershey.
In just two months with the organization, Wellman has already seen both a call-up to Washington and proven an important part of Hershey’s mid-season rebound (Hershey currently sits 8th in the East). With another two years of hockey in his future, expect to see him snag at least one more cup of coffee in the NHL before he’s done.