Alaska-Anchorage sophomore forward Mason Mitchell became the first NCAA player to sign an NHL contract this year, when he inked a two-year two-way contract with the Washington Capitals, after the Seawolves failed to qualify for the WCHA playoffs.
Mitchell was a veritable Cy Young candidate with the Seawolves this year, leading his team with 12 goals—more than any two other Seawolves combined— but tallying just two assists for 14 points on the season, which ranked fourth in team scoring.
Mitchell has good size, listed at 6-2 206 lbs., and as his numbers would suggest, he has a little bit of goal scoring ability. The Capitals have had good success with undrafted free agents out of Anchorage after signing Jay Beagle to a contract in 2007.
Mitchell will join the Capitals AHL affiliate in Hershey for the rest of the season on a tryout basis before his contract begins next year.