Washington Capitals defensive prospect Tobias Geisser is Helsinki-bound. The 23-year-old will represent Switzerland at the 2022 IIHF World Championship, general manager Brian MacLellan announced on Thursday.
This will be the second consecutive year that Geisser has played for his nation at Worlds. He skated in six games at the tournament in 2021.
Geisser returned to North America for the 2021-22 campaign after playing last season on loan with the National League’s EV Zug, where he had 22 points in 50 games. He skated in 68 games with the Hershey Bears this year, dishing three goals and 10 assists. The Bears season ended on Monday after falling to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs.
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The 6-foot-5 blueliner continued to expand on his game and increase his two-way ability and mobility at both ends of the ice. He also showcased his wicked shot, long reach and willingness to battle for pucks.
Washington originally selected Geiser in the fourth round of the 2017 NHL Draft. The Stans, Switzerland native has 14 points in 116 AHL games and 24 points through 127 NL games. He is still working toward the point where he can crack an NHL roster.