The Washington Capitals have acquired a fourth-round draft pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft from the New York Islanders in exchange for the rights to goaltender Jaroslav Halak, the team and assistant general manager Brian MacLellan announced Thursday. The fourth-round selection was acquired by New York from the Chicago Blackhawks and is the 95th overall pick in the Draft.
Halak, 28, posted a 29-13-7 record with five shutouts, a 2.25 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage in 52 games with Washington and St. Louis this season. However most of those games were played with the Blues before Halak was traded to the Buffalo Sabres, and then traded to the Washington Capitals before even making a start with Buffalo. The Capitals received Halak from Buffalo with a third-round choice in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for Michal Neuvirth and Rostislav Klesla back on March 5, 2014 and will now add a fourth round round pick in the exchange.
Halak has registered a 144-85-29 record in his career with 30 shutouts, a 2.38 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage, however didn’t seem to fit into the Washington system. Washington still has two very young goaltenders in Braden Holtby and Phillip Grubauer in their organization, both who will likely be fighting for the starting position heading into this next season.
As a member of the Washington Capitals Halak posted a 5-4-0 record with three overtime wins. He posted a .930 save percentage and a 2.31 goal against average in 12 games played.