July 11, 2012

Caps sign Hamill to one-year deal

By Jesse Connolly

Zach Hamill officially became a member of the Washington Capitals’ organization on Wednesday, as GM George McPhee announced the team has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the 23-year-old forward.

Hamill, of course, arrived via trade from the Bruins on May 26. In return, Boston received forward Chris Bourque. Bourque signed a two-year deal with the B’s on June 1.

Selected eighth overall by the Bruins back in 2007, Hamill never lived up to expectations after leading the WHL with 93 points during the 2006-07 campaign for the Everett Silvertips.

After being leapfrogged on the depth chart numerous times, the 5-foot-11 center got off to a superb start down in Providence in 2011-12, thanks largely to being converted to a winger. Things looked promising when he was first called up, but once again Hamill didn’t have the size, strength or scoring touch to stick.

For his career, he has no goals and four assists in 20 NHL games. In the AHL, Hamill has 139 points in 256 games.

Hamill will likely the 2012-13 with the Caps’ AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears. Financial terms of the deal have yet to be disclosed.

Jesse Connolly can be reached at jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseNEHJ.