The 23-year-old Genevan signed a two-year contract with the American franchise. Another Swiss, defender Jonas Siegenthaler, plays for the club in the US capital. Damien Riat’s annual salary will exceed CHF 800,000. The Washington Capitals had selected him in 117th position in the 2016 NHL draft.
The HC Biel striker had previously spent two seasons in the North American minor leagues and then spent two years in Sweden with Malmo Redhawks, where he made his professional debut at the age of 17.
Returning to Geneva-Servette in 2015, he convinced everyone around him to become a Swiss international. He won the silver medal at the 2018 World Championships.