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Caps Sign Jake Hauswirth

Robert J. Meyer/USHL Images
Robert J. Meyer/USHL Images

Per the team:  "The Washington Capitals have signed undrafted free agent center Jake Hauswirth to a three-year entry-level contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Hauswirth, 21, is a 6’5”, 210-pound native of Merrill, Wis., who has spent the last two seasons with the Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League (USHL). He scored 28 goals and added 24 assists (52 points) in 58 games this season, tied for the team lead in goals and fourth in points. He led all Lancer forwards and was second on the team with a +16 plus/minus rating.

Hauswirth helped lead Omaha to the USHL championship as a rookie in 2007-08, recording 13 goals and 10 assists (23 points) in 57 games.

Hauswirth participated in the Capitals’ development camp last summer and will be in attendance at this summer."

Jake opened many eyes at last July's development camp.  Tarik took an informal poll of coaches and media in attendance (yours truly included in the mix), and Hauswirth was deemed one of the "three stars" of that camp

Andrew Gordon had this to say about Hauswirth last July at camp:

I really liked playing with Jake [who scored the shootout winner in the final scrimmage].  He’s a big body, makes simple plays, dumps the puck in, works hard in the corners.

Jake had signed a letter of intent to play at Michigan Tech in 2009-10, but bigger things now lie ahead for the young forward.