Per the Hershey Bears website, President and General Manager Doug Yingst announced the addition of two Capitals prospects to the Bears roster.
Highly touted Swiss defenseman, Jonas Siegenthaler, was rumored to be joining the team for about a week since his team, the Zurich Lions lost in the playoffs to Bern.
The 18-year-old tallied three goals and five assists for Zurich in 40 games this season in the Swiss National League A.
Siegenthaler was a second round pick by the Capitals in the 2015 draft. He was the 57th overall pick.
Also joining the Bears this week is Kevin Elgestal who has signed an amateur tryout agreement.
Elgestal, a Swedish forward played in 16 games for Frolunda and 27 games for HC Vita Hasten this season. He had a combined 9 goals and 8 assists in those games. He appeared in one game for Frolunda in the postseason.
The 19-year-old was in Hershey at the end of last season, but did not play in any games for the Bears. Unlike a PTO like Scott Gomez had signed, the ATO or Amateur Tryout Offer is for players who are coming in after their college or junior seasons end.
Elegstal was drafted by the Capitals in 2014 in the 7th round. He was the 194th overall pick. He is listed as 6’0” and 172 pounds.
At 6’3” and 220 pounds, Siegenthaler brings more size to Hershey’s defense. In Switzerland, he has made himself known for being a defensive defenseman who limits his mistakes. While it is noted that he needs to improve his power, his smooth skating and puck handling abilities should fit in nicely on Troy Mann’s squad that is inching its way closer to a playoff berth.
By Julie Beidler