A standout performance in last year’s development camp led to a three-year entry-level contract for Zach Sanford. The same will not be true for Shane Gersich who will be headed back to college for his junior season.

There was plenty of buzz surrounding Gersich heading into development camp after a breakout sophomore season. He scored 21 goals and 37 points in 40 games with North Dakota and carried that momentum into camp where he was among the most impressive players.

“I think he did a great job at rookie camp. He was one of our best players if not the best player at camp,” general manager Brian MacLellan said in a conference call with reporters Monday. “Really happy about the way he's progressed and where we picked him. I think Ross Mahoney did a great job with that pick.”

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Gersich, 20, was a fifth-round draft pick by the Capitals in 2014. If he continues his progression and can turn into a productive goal scorer at the NHL level, he will prove to be a steal.

But despite how much Gersich has stood out of late, his professional career will remain on hold as he is set to return to college.

“We talked to Gersich and his representatives,” MacLellan said. “I think we're going to let him go back for now.”

For those who thought Gersich had the potential to be the next Sanford, you will have to wait at least through the college season before Gersich could possibly break into the Capitals’ lineup.


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