Capitals sign Allison, their top pick in 1993

April 05, 1994|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,Sun Staff Writer

The Washington Capitals have signed high-scoring Ontario Hockey League center Jason Allison, but his immediate future has not been determined.

"I've heard a lot of wonderful things about him, but I've never seen him play," said Capitals coach Jim Schoenfeld, who saw Allison skate for the first time yesterday. "I know he'll be a big part of our future, but what his present contributions will be, we don't know yet."

Allison signed a four-year contract with an option year. The deal includes this season, making him available immediately. Schoenfeld said Allison won't play tonight against the New York Islanders but said he couldn't comment beyond that.

Allison, 18, was the Capitals' first-round choice in the 1993 entry draft. He has completed a terrific season with London, Ontario, winning the Eddie Power Trophy as the OHL's leading scorer with 55 goals and 87 assists for 142 points in 56 games.

"The signing happened pretty quick, and I'm glad," said Allison. "I don't like sitting around, and I don't like contract disputes. I just want to play. I have no idea what my role will be. I'm here to practice and travel with the team and maybe get in a game here and there. If I get used sparingly, that would be great. I'll work hard and do anything to help the team."

Besides winning the Eddie Power trophy, the 6-foot-3, 200-pounder is the OHL's Most Gentlemanly Player and the Red Tilson Trophy winner as the OHL's outstanding player. He is also the league's nominee for the Molson/Cooper Canadian Hockey League Player of the Year, which will be announced in May.

"We've been really high on Jason for a long time," said Caps general manager David Poile. "He's a bona fide, legitimate prospect to play in the NHL."

CAPITALS TONIGHT

Opponent: New York Islanders

Site: USAir Arena, Landover

Time: 7:35

TV: HTS

Radio: WMAL (630 AM)

Tickets: 4,400 available

Outlook: With a victory, Washington will stretch its lead over the Islanders to nine points. If the Islanders win, Washington will need three victories in its last four games to assure its playoff spot. C Mike Ridley, who has been out of the Caps lineup for two games, will return. RW Peter Bondra, LW Todd Krygier, D John Slaney and RW Tim Bergland will sit out. G Rick Tabaracci (knee) went through a full practice yesterday but won't play tonight. G Don Beaupre will start. The Islanders beat the Canadiens, 5-2, Friday, and tied them, 3-3, Saturday. G Ron Hextall was in net for both games, but a decision on tonight's starter won't be made until game time. The Islanders report RW Patrick Flatley (abdominal muscle) is day-to-day, and D Rich Pilon (shoulder), RW David Volek (herniated disk) and C Claude Loiselle (torn anterior cruciate knee ligament) are out. Washington reports D Shawn Anderson (abdominal muscle) is out.

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