Caps bolster depth on blue line

Caps bolster depth on blue line
April 5, 2013, 3:45 pm
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Capitals general manager George McPhee completed a busy week of wheeling and dealing Friday when he signed defenseman Patrick Wey to a two-year, entry-level contract beginning next season.

Wey, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound defenseman, recently completed his senior season at Boston College, recording career highs in points (13), assists (12), games played (37, tied) and penalty minutes (54) and registered a plus-14 rating this season.

Considered a strong defensive defenseman, Wey helped BostonCollege to a 22-12-4 record and a berth in the NCAA tournament. He was named a 2013 Hockey East Second-Team All-Star and named Hockey East’s 2013 Best Defensive Defenseman.  

In 133 career games with BostonCollege, Wey collected 33 points (four goals, 29 assists) and 147 penalty minutes. He helped BostonCollege win the NCAA National Championship in 2011-12 and tallied one goal and three assists in four tournament games. BostonCollege also won the Hockey East Championship and the NCAA regular-season championship last season as Wey was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team at the Northeast Regional.

The Pittsburgh native helped the United States win the bronze medal at the 2011 Under-20 World Junior Championship, appearing in six tournament games. Wey was drafted by Washington in the fourth round (115th overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. 

The Caps also signed depth defenseman Julien Brouillette to a one-year, two-way contract for the 2013-14 season.
Brouillette, 26, has played 52 games with the AHL Hershey Bears this season, recording five points (one goal, four assists) and 35 penalty minutes.  His plus-seven rating ranks tops among defensemen that have spent the entire campaign in Hershey.

The 5-foot-11, 194-pound native of St. Esprit, Quebec is in his second season with Hershey.  In 126 games, Brouillette has recorded eight goals, 18 assists, 61 penalty minutes and a cumulative plus-four rating.  He set AHL career highs in goals (seven), assists (14) and points (21) with the Bears in 2011-12.