Capitals sign Wilson, Pollock to contracts

The Washington Capitals, parent club of the AHL’s Hershey Bears, have signed free-agent center Kyle Wilson and free-agent defenseman Jame Pollock to contracts.

Wilson, 22, tallied 24 goals and 30 assists for 54 points in 54 games with the Bears as a rookie in 2006-07, and added seven goals and 16 points in 19 postseason games as Hershey captured its second straight Eastern Conference championship. A 6-foot, 200-pound native of Oakville, Ont., Wilson also scored one goal in seven AHL games with San Antonio last season.

Wilson played four seasons of collegiate hockey at Colgate University, where he finished his career with 46 goals and 55 assists (101 points) in 139 games. A ninth-round draft pick by the Minnesota Wild in 2004, he scored 23 goals and dished out 18 assists as a senior in 2005-06, earning second-team All-ECACHL honors.
Pollock, 28, has spent the past three seasons in Europe after playing in the St. Louis Blues system for five years. The 6-foot-3, 208-pound native of Quebec City recorded 63 goals and 104 assists for 167 points in 270 AHL games with the Worcester IceCats from 1999-2004, and also skated in nine NHL games for the Blues in 2003-04.

Pollock was a fourth-round choice of the Blues, 107th overall, in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.