ARLINGTON, Va. (GopherSports.com) - Gopher Hockey All-American Nate Schmidt has re-signed with the Washington Capitals, general manager Brian MacLellan announced on Wednesday. Schmidt signed a two-year, one-way contract that will see the St. Cloud native earn $750,000 in 2015-16 and $875,000 in 2016-17.
"I'm just so excited to be back. It's an awesome organization to be a part of," Schmidt said during a media teleconference on Wednesday. "This is where my heart is...I couldn't be more excited."
Schmidt, 23, registered four points (one goal, three assists) in a career-high 39 games with the Capitals last season. The St. Cloud, Minn., native made his NHL debut in 2013-14 and earned six points (two goals, four assists) in 29 games. Schmidt registered his first NHL point with an assist at Calgary on Oct. 26, 2013, and scored his first NHL goal on Dec. 7, 2013, against Nashville. In 68 career NHL games, Schmidt has registered 10 points (three goals, seven assists) and 16 penalty minutes.
So ecstatic to be back apart of the @washcaps organization! Awesome team, great fans,and I couldn't be happier to get next season started!-- Nate Schmidt (@nateschmidt29) June 17, 2015
Schmidt appeared in 19 games with Hershey (AHL) during the 2014-15 season, recording nine points (three goals, six assists). The 6'0", 193-pound defenseman registered an AHL career-high three points (two goals, one assist) in his AHL season debut on Jan. 10 against Norfolk. Schmidt has recorded 26 points (six goals, 20 assists) in 65 career games with the Bears.
A three-year letter winner with the Gophers, Schmidt tallied 74 points in 96 career games and closed out his career as a Second Team All-American and a First Team All-WCHA honoree in 2012-13 (Schmidt was a two-time All-WCHA defenseman). In his final two seasons with the Maroon & Gold, Schmidt helped the Gophers capture two MacNaughton Cups as WCHA regular-season champions and two-straight NCAA tournament berths including a trip to the 2012 NCAA Frozen Four in Tampa.