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Capitals fifth-round pick Shane Gersich stays hot. After a tremendous start to the season with Omaha of the USHL that has him third in the league in goals, the Minnesota-native forward got the call to represent the US at the World Junior A Challenge. He’s done well there too.

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The WHL’s Kelowna Rockets have made a huge trade, acquiring the Winnipeg Jets’ 13th overall pick from 2013 draft, defenseman Josh Morrissey, from the Prince Albert Raiders. It is likely that Morrissey, will play on Kelowna’s top defensive pairing with the Caps’ Madison Bowey.

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Since turning pro, the career of Capitals 2010 third-round draft pick Stan Galiev hasn’t gone as expected. The dynamic winger struggled with system play and never found a role with the AHL’s Hershey Bears under coaches Mark French and Mike Haviland. He spent the majority of the last two seasons with Reading in the ECHL. Last year, injuries and scratches limited him to just 30 games between the AHL and ECHL.

Despite this stunning goal in the beginning of the season, 2014-15 started as more of the same for Galiev, who has been playing in North America since 2008. Galiev was scratched in five of seven games in the opening months. But now, it seems like we may actually see a breakout year for the Russian winger.

After scoring four goals in his first 44 career AHL games, Galiev has scored three in his last three, including a game-winner against St. John’s on Sunday. Those were the only goals Hershey scored those games.

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Jakub Vrana Scores DC Hat Trick

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This is pure joy. (Photo: Johan Bernstrom / Bildbyran)

Jakub Vrana, Capitals’ first-round pick at the last draft, scored a hat trick in his team’s 6-5 shootout win against Farjestad on Friday.

That is a hat trick as the Swedish scorekeepers count it: after scoring two goals in regulation, Vrana also netted a game-winning shootout attempt, which is considered a goal in Sweden, unlike in North America, where we call that a DC Hat Trick. The KHL used to count shootout game-winners as goals early in its existence, too, but then decided against it.

Vrana’s highlights are below the jump.

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Jakub Vrana Records Another Two-Point Night

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Capitals prospect Jakub Vrana scored a goal and an assist as his Linkoping defeated Lulea 3-1 in an SHL game. Vrana, who scored the game-winning goal on Saturday, now has five goals and five assists. That was his fourth two-point game of his SHL season.

The 18-year-old forward also had two two-point nights in the Champions Hockey League. This year, he has had six two-point nights in 21 outings.

Videos of Vrana’s highlights from Saturday are under the jump.

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Czech forward Jakub Vrana, who was selected by the Capitals in the first round of the 2014 draft, assisted on two goals as his Linkoping defeated Skelleftea AIK 3-1. Vrana missed the two previous matches (including a Champions League game against Sparta Prague) as he had not yet returned from Czech Republic, where he suited up for his national team at the junior Four Nations tournament.

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Gersich with Team USA at the 2014 U18 World Juniors (Photo: IIHF)

Washington Capitals fifth-round pick in 2014 Draft Shane Gersich has been named to the Team USA roster for the 2014 World Junior A Challenge, the tournament showcasing the best players from “A” level leagues, such as the Canadian CJHL and the American USHL.

The tournament is held every year in Canada. This year, the games will be played in Kindersley, Saskatchewan.

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Washington Capitals prospect Caleb Herbert scored his first professional hat trick on Saturday. A few days after getting reassigned to ECHL South Carolina from Hershey, Herbert netted three goals as the Stingrays beat the Greenville Road Warriors 4-2.

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Washington Capitals defense prospect Christian Djoos scored two goals and an assist as his Brynas lost to HV71 7-4 on Saturday.

Djoos, who was held off the scoresheet in the first seven games of the season, now has two goals and two assists in the last three games.

Saturday’s contest was Djoos’ first multi-goal game in the top tier Swedish league. The 20-year-old defenseman, who was signed over the summer to a three year entry-level contract, also tied his career high in points in a single game and registered season high 23:33 of ice time.

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Washington Capitals 2012 fourth-round pick Thomas DiPauli recorded a career-high four points (one goal, three assists) in Notre Dame’s 5-3 win over Lake Superior State University.

When DiPauli was drafted by the Capitals, he was one of two players selected from Notre Dame, along with senior Austin Wuthrich. DiPauli grew up playing with Connor Carrick around the Chicago area. This year, he appears to be breaking out offensively in the NCAA.

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