On Wednesday, North Dakota media reported that prospect Shane Gersich would forego his senior year at the University of North Dakota to sign with the Capitals. Friday morning the Capitals confirmed those reports, announcing that the 21-year-old forward has signed a two-year entry-level deal with the team. The deal, worth $925,000 annually, will start during the current 2017-18 season.
According the Washington Post’s Isabelle Khursudyan, Gershich is already in Montreal with the Caps.
FWIW, Gersich is already with the Caps in Montreal.
— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) March 23, 2018
Gersich, a 2014 fifth-round draft pick, has 13 goals and 16 assist in 40 games with the Fighting Hawks this season. He is eligible to play at any time during the rest of this season.
With the Gersich signing, the Caps re-assigned Travis Boyd down to Hershey, whom the Caps said previously would stay in the NHL for the rest of the year.
The Washington Capitals have re-assigned forward Travis Boyd to @TheHersheyBears. @Tboyd93 has played in seven games for the Capitals this season after making his NHL debut against the San Jose Sharks on Dec. 4. #ALLCAPS https://t.co/1cMkRi34h6
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) March 23, 2018
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The Washington Capitals have signed forward Shane Gersich to a two-year entry-level contract beginning this season, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Gersich’s contract will carry an average annual value of $925,000 and he will report to the Capitals today.
The Capitals selected Gersich in the fifth round, 134th overall, in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Gersich, 21, recorded 29 points (13g, 16a) in 40 games with the University of North Dakota in his junior season, making him the second-highest goal scorer at North Dakota. Gersich also recorded four game-winning goals, tied for the most on the Fighting Hawks this season.
The Chaska, Mass. finished his NCAA career with 77 points (43g, 34a) in 117 games. The 5’11”, 175-pound forward was a NCAA All-Star Team Honorable Mention in his sophomore year after leading North Dakota in points (21g, 16a in 40 games), a season that included nine multi-point games. In his 2015-16 freshman season, Gersich’s nine goals ranked third among freshman at North Dakota, and Gersich scored the opening goal in the 2016 National Championship, which led to an eventual 5-1 win.
Gersich played in 52 games for the Omaha Lancers in the USHL in the 2014-15 season, leading the team in points (51), goals (28), power play points (16), power play goals (10) and game-winning goals (5). A product of the United States National Development Program, Gersichrecorded 32 points (16g, 16a) in 61 games in the 2013-14 season. Gersich also played in seven games U-18 World Junior Championship, earning a gold medal with Team USA.
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