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NHL Draft 2017: Washington Capitals select Defenseman Tobias Geisser

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Geisser marks the second Swiss defensemen the Capitals have selected in the last three drafts

Washington Capitals Introduce General Manager Brian MacLellan And Coach Barry Trotz Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

With the 120th pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, the Caps have selected defenseman Tobias Geisser.

Geisser, born Feb. 13, 1999, is a 6-foot-4, 201-pound defenseman from Switzerland.

From Elite Prospects:

Tobias Geisser is two-way defenseman with excellent size and mobility. Sees the ice well and plays crisp passes to spark a team’s transition game. Has a long reach and shows a smart defensive game, while keeping his plays simple. Needs to improve his physical play and has to make better use of his excellent frame, as he plays a soft game. Owns a hard shot, which makes him a valuable option for the power play.

Geisser played in 34 games last season for the EVZ Academy in the NLB in Switzerland, scoring three goals and adding another seven assists.

According to ESPN’s Corey Pronman, Geisser was converted from a forward to a defenseman this season. That could suggest that Geisser could be a bit more mobile and possess a bit more offensive skill than an average defensive prospect with size.

Since general manager Brian MacLellan took command of the team, he has looked towards Swiss prospects. Geisser joins Jonas Siegenthaler as Swiss defenseman prospects in the Capitals’ cupboard. MacLellan also drafted Swiss forward Damien Riat with the 117th-overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Geisser was ranked as the 119th-best prospect by ISS Hockey, 163rd by Future Considerations and 30th for European Prospects by the NHL’s Central Scouting Service.