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The Capitals complete the 2014 Draft by picking three players in the last three rounds: Shane Gersich, Steven Spinner and Kevin Elgestal. Let’s recap their late-round activity.
Shane Gersich, C, 134th overall
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One thing that stands out about Gersich is that he can fly. He’s a real speedster with tremendous agility.
While not possessing excellent offensive qualities, Gersich is a pretty skilled player. However, at 5-foot-11, 174 pounds his strength is something he’ll need to work on in the coming years.
Gersich played with US National Team Development Program last year and scored 16 goals and 32 points in 61 games. He also played at the U18 World Championships and had no points in seven games. He’s set to play for Omaha Lancers of the USHL next season. In 2015, native of Chaska, Minnesota, is expect to join University of North Dakota.
Steven Spinner, RW, 159th overall
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The Capitals have traded up, acquiring goalie Eddie Pasquale and this pick from Winnipeg for 164th and 192th picks as well as a seventh-round pick at next year’s Draft.
Steven Spinner who played most of the last season with Eden Prairie high school in Minnesota is a forward with good size and speed. Spinner was a dominant offensive player in high-school. However, he has struggled to maintain the same level of offensive production at the higher level in the USHL. If he can find a way to translate his abilities to college and pro hockey, he may end up a very good pick.
He completed last season with Omaha Lancers of the USHL. This year, he’s expected to join University of Nebraska-Omaha.
Kevin Elgestal, LW/RW, 194th overall
With their last pick Caps went with Swedish forward from Frolunda of the SHL.
Elgestal was ranked 51st among European skaters at the draft. He possesses decent size for his age (6-foot-1, 176 pounds) and has international experience playing at the U18 Worlds and Ivan Hlinka Memorial with Sweden. There, he scored a goal and recorded three points in seven games (two of which came in a 10-0 blowout of Nordic rival Finland).
Elgestal spent majority of the season with Frolunda’s junior squad but got to play in two big league games, becoming one of 19 players under 18 years of age to play in the SHL last season, and one of eight to record at least a point. He finished the year sixth in points in his age group in SuperElit, Sweden’s top junior league.