Wednesday evening, the Washington Capitals signed prospect defenseman Tyler Lewington to a three-year, entry-level contract, beginning in the 2015-16 season, the team announced. The 20-year-old had impressed during the preseason, starting with a physical showing at the rookie game in Philadelphia and continuing through an exhibition debut Coach Barry Trotz hadn’t initially planned.

“Quite frankly, I didn’t even have him in a game,” Trotz said at the time.

Eventually, the Capitals returned the 20-year-old to his junior team, Medicine Hat, in the Western Hockey League, along with the initial camp cuts made in late September. As the Tigers’ team captain, Lewington has logged 38 points (31 assists) and 121 penalty minutes over 68 games. The former seventh-round, 204th-overall pick in 2013 becomes the third member of his class to ink a deal with the Capitals, behind Madison Bowey and Andre Burakovsky