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Minnesota Senior Travis Boyd Signs with Washington Capitals

Matt Christians

The Washington Capitals announced on Tuesday morning that they have signed draft pick Travis Boyd to an entry-level contract. Boyd was a sixth round selection of the Capitals in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Boyd has spent the past four seasons at Minnesota, working his way up from a fourth-liner as a freshman to being a key contributor for the Gophers as a senior. He improved his point total in each of his final three seasons, culminating with a 19-22-41 scoring line in 32 games this season which earned him second team All-Big Ten honors.

Boyd is a smaller centerman, but strong for his size and could potentially play a two-way centerman role for the Capitals in the future. His heavy, accurate snap shot also gives him potential to add a bit of offense to the mix.

Boyd will report to the Caps AHL affiliate in Hershey for the rest of the season, with his two-year entry-level contract beginning next season.