Gersich penned a one-year, two-way contract with Washington on Monday.
After making his NHL debut last season, Gersich failed to crack the Caps' lineup this year, instead spending the entire 2019-20 campaign in the minors. With AHL Hershey, the 22-year-old garnered eight goals, 16 helpers and 57 PIM before adding another three points in nine postseason contests. Washington has several players set to his free agency this summer, including Devante Smith-Pelly, Brett Connolly and Carl Hagelin, which could open up a roster spot or two during training camp. Whether Gersich can earn his place on the 23-man roster for Opening Night remains to be seen.
Gersich was sent down to AHL Hershey on Saturday.
Gersich was a legitimate contender to make the Capitals' roster out of training camp, but his reassignment is not a surprise given that he is in need of further ice time to continue his development, plus he's exempt from waivers. The 22-year-old winger owns enough offensive upside to make the jump to full-time NHL player eventually and should return to the big leagues at some point during 2018-19, but for now, he should only be considered in dynasty formats.
Gersich scored one goal and fired four shots on net during Tuesday's 4-0 preseason win over the Blues.
Gersich's first goal of the preseason was a top-shelf snipe over Jake Allen's left shoulder after his strong forecheck forced a turnover. The 22-year-old spent last season with the University of North Dakota, scoring 13 goals and 29 points over 40 games, before signing with the Caps and playing five games -- two were in the postseason. He has a chance to make the 23-man roster out of camp.
Gersich will be in the mix for a roster spot during training camp, JJ Reagan of NBC Sports Washington speculates.
Reagan notes that Gersich's offensive skills give him a higher NHL ceiling than some of his competitors, but that he may benefit greatly from a full season with AHL Hershey. With only one or two roster spots available and with talented winger Sergei Shumakov recently signed from the KHL, don't be surprised if the 22-year-old charters a more traditional course to the NHL that requires development in the AHL for the balance of the 2018-19 season.
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