(Photo: MH Hockey Prospects)
In a league that is fast and only getting faster, young gun Shane Gersich was a welcomed addition to the Washington Capitals organization last year. Elite Hockey Prospects report on Gersich states “he has game breaking talent with incredible speed, agility and first step quickness” and also notes that he “displays a strong shot that absolutely jumps off the stick”
The 5′-11″ 18-year old, from Chaska, Minnesota was a 5th round pick (134th overall) by the Capitals in last year’s NHL entry draft. Since being drafted, the Left Winger played 52 games with the Omaha Lancers in the USHL last season, scoring 27 goals with 22 assists. At times, Shane showed flashes of excellence, particularly in the early part of the season, but was solid all season, including a hat trick versus Lincoln on January 24th, 2015.
Gersich also played for the US Under 18 team last year, and is scheduled to spend the upcoming season playing for the University of North Dakota. It will be interesting to see if Gersich has put on any weight, as requested by the Capitals after last year’s development camp, as well as see how he does in his second Capitals Development camp (July 7th through the 11th at Ketler).
Player note: Gersich is the nephew of US Hockey Hall of Famer Neal Broten.