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Jul 26, 2014

Capitals News: Nathan Walker, first Australian signs ELC

By on 5:53 PM

Most players in the NHL come from Canada, The United States, or Sweden. That is not the case for 20-year-old Nathan Walker, becoming the first ever Australian drafted in the NHL.

The Washington Capitals have just signed Walker to a three-year entry-level contract, according to Monumental Network.

Walker played for Washington's AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears, last season. He had five goals and 11 points in 43 games. He also took part in the Capitals' 2013 training camp.

In the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, the Capitals took him with the 89th overall pick. To secure Walker's spot, they sent the 104th and 118th picks to the New York Rangers, in exchange for the third round selection.

“We’d rather do what we have to do in order to move up and make sure we get the player we want rather than sit back and hope that player’s still there," assistant GM Ross Mahoney told Ross Prewitt of the Washington Post.

Walker now has a chance to be the first Australian to play a game at the NHL level.

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