The Washington Capitals have waived Russian prospect Dmitry Kugryshev with the intent of releasing him, the club announced today.
Kugryshev was drafted in the 2nd Round, 58th overall, of the 2008 draft, and had established himself as one of the organization's premier prospects in the past few seasons. His last season in the QMJHL saw the 21-year-old put up 29 goals and 87 points in 66 games with the Quebec Remparts.
Last season, however, Kugryshev struggled in his rookie season with the the AHL's Hershey Bears. He put up six goals and eight assists in 64 games, often being a healthy scratch and even spending time with the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL.
The right winger signed with the KHL's CSKA Moscow on a two-year contract on September 2nd. His signing had a lot to do with Hershey's wild spending spree, leaving them several superstars deep at every position. There simply was no room for him on the roster, and to play at the top level he had to leave.
He is expected to clear waivers tomorrow, at which point the Capitals will buy out the remainder of his contract. He will return to his hometown, Moscow. He is now an NHL free agent.
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