Mitchell Gibson, Dru Krebs Sign ATO’s With Hershey Bears

Screen cap: Harvard Men’s Hockey

The Hershey Bears announced on Monday morning that Capitals prospects Mitchell Gibson and Dru Krebs have signed amateur tryout (ATO) agreements with the Bears.


Hershey, PA – April 10, 2023) – The Hershey Bears announced today that the club has signed defenseman Dru Krebs and goaltender Mitchell Gibson to amateur tryout agreements (ATO).

Krebs, 20, collected 41 points (8g, 33a) in 67 games with Medicine Hat of the Western Hockey League this season. He finished tied for fifth on the team in scoring, and led all defensemen in points. His 33 assists ranked third on the team.

The 6′, 175-pound native of Okotoks, Alberta signed an ATO with Hershey last April but did not see game action. He was selected in the sixth round, 176th overall in the 2021 NHL Draft by Washington.

Gibson, 23, appeared in 27 games for Harvard University (NCAA) this season, posting a record of 18-7-2 with a 2.25 goals-against average, a .919 save percentage, and three shutouts. The 6’1”, 187-pound goaltender ranked third among ECAC goaltenders in goals-against average and save percentage. Gibson, who helped guide Harvard to its second-straight NCAA Tournament appearance, was named to the All-ECAC Hockey Second Team.

The Phoenixville, Pennsylvania native posted a record of 47-25-6 with six shutouts, a 2.32 goals-against average, and a .918 save percentage in 80 career games at Harvard. He was selected in the fourth round, 124th overall, in the 2018 NHL Draft by the Capitals. Last week, Gibson signed a one-year, entry-level deal with the Capitals that begins in the 2023-24 season.

Krebs will wear #44 for Hershey while Gibson will wear #50.

Gibson signed a one-year entry-level deal with the Capitals last week. Krebs has yet to sign with the Capitals and will become a free agent this spring if he is not signed by the team.

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7 Responses to Mitchell Gibson, Dru Krebs Sign ATO’s With Hershey Bears

  1. Anonymous says:

    Last chance for Krebs. He had a good season, but will it be enough? Likely a Bears signing for ECHL SC

    • KimRB says:

      He had a good season in the WHL. He’s a defenseman with offensive skills, and that’s always valuable. If I were him, I’d be looking for some team to offer me a two way contract.

      Everyone just assumes that players will accept an AHL only contract. It doesn’t always work that way.

      • Anonymous says:

        I don’t see him as having an offensive upside at all. He’s a true stay at home defenseman in my book. Watched quite a few of his games over the last three seasons and offense is not his value point.

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  3. Anonymous says:

    Maybe Gibby gets a meaningless game? That would be awesome.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Please give Gibby a game!

  5. Anonymous says:

    It’s now or never for Krebs.

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