Friday, May 04, 2007
Saginaw captain McNeill signs with Capitals
The Washington Capitals announced today that Saginaw Spirit defenseman Patrick McNeill has signed an entry-level contract.
McNeill was drafted by the Capitals in the fourth round, 118th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. The Strathroy, Ontario native is expected to sign an amateur tryout agreement with the Hershey Bears, Washington's AHL affiliate, for the remainder of the season.
The terms of the contract were not disclosed.
“We're thrilled for Patrick and his entire family,” stated Spirit president and managing partner Craig Goslin. “We're proud of the fact that his development into an NHLer occurred here in Saginaw. He will be a huge asset to the Capitals and we wish him all the best.”
McNeill, 20, was drafted first overall by the Spirit in the 2003 OHL Priority Selection and served as the Spirit's captain for the 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 seasons.