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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – The Washington Capitals signed Phantoms alum Nathan Walker to a three-year entry-level deal. Walker became the First Australian to be drafted into the NHL when the Capitals selected him in the third round (89th overall) in this past June’s NHL Entry Draft.
A native of Sydney, Australia, Walker spent part of the 2012-13 season with the Phantoms, joining the team in January of 2013. Walker made an immediate impact on his new team, scoring his first USHL goal on his first USHL shift, in a 3-2 win over the Chicago Steel on January 11th. He was also selected to participate in the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game that season. Overall, Walker appeared in 29 games in his lone USHL season, amassing seven goals and 20 assists for 27 points.
Last September, the 20-year-old made history when he signed with the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), becoming the first Phantom to make the jump from the USHL directly to the AHL. In his first season with the Bears, Walker tallied five goals and six assists, while appearing in 43 games.
Walker becomes the second Youngstown product to sign a NHL contract this summer, joining Jiri Sekac (2009-11) who signed an entry-level deal with the Montreal Canadiens.
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