Bears Sign Capitals Prospects Dru Krebs, Garin Bjorklund and Benton Maass To Amateur Tryout Agreements

As we first reported last week, the Hershey Bears will be receiving a few of the Washington Capitals prospects in the coming days, as their junior hockey seasons come to a close.

The Bears announced on Wednesday that Defensemen Benton Maass and Dru Krebs, and goaltender Garin Bjorklund will be reporting to Hershey to spend some time with the team. The three players have been signed to amateur tryout agreements which allows them to participate in practices and workout with the team.


The Hershey Bears announced today that the club has signed defenseman Dru Krebs, defenseman Benton Maass, and goaltender Garin Bjorklund to amateur tryout agreements.

Krebs, 19, was selected by the Washington Capitals in the 6th round of the 2021 NHL Draft. He appeared in 66 games with the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League this season, striking for 19 points (4g, 15a). The 6’0″, 180-pound defender has tallied 43 points (7g, 36a) in 144 career WHL games.

Maass, 23, was selected by the Capitals in the 6th round of the 2017 NHL Draft. After four years at the University of New Hampshire, Maass transferred to Minnesota State University for the 2021-22 season, helping the Mavericks to the NCAA Tournament title game. The 6’3″, 201-pound blue liner scored 14 points (3g, 11a) in 42 games for Minnesota State, and the native of Elk River, Minn. collected 51 points (13g, 38a) in 162 career NCAA games.

Bjorklund, 19, was Washington’s 6th round draft pick in the 2020 NHL Draft. He appeared in 48 games for the WHL’s Medicine Hat Tigers, recording a 8-36-2 record with a 4.26 goals-against average and a .877 save percentage. In 96 career WHL games, the 6’2″, 178-pound goaltender is 40-48-4 with a .892 save percentage.

You can read more about each prospect on our “Prospects” page here.

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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1 Response to Bears Sign Capitals Prospects Dru Krebs, Garin Bjorklund and Benton Maass To Amateur Tryout Agreements

  1. Jon Sorensen says:

    Good move to get all three of these players into a different environment and for Caps brass to get a closer look. Bjorklund and Krebs played on an awful Medicine Hat team this season, was really challenging to gauge their games. Maass has improved and was a starter on the best defense in the NCAA this season.

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