Michael Gergen was drafted by the Penguins in the 2nd round (#61 Overall) of the 2005 entry draft. A Shattuck – St. Mary’s graduate, he enjoyed a great freshman year where he set the bar high.

Jesse Marshall: How much did Shattuck-St. Mary’s prepare you for collegiate level hockey?

Michael Gergen: It definitely helped in every single aspect of the game from being more mature and confidant to just developing better skill.

JM: Did you feel like you’d get drafted around #61 overall? Did you have any expectations on draft day?

MG: I didn’t know when I was going to get drafted, I heard from people around the third round, but I knew that a few teams liked me more than others. I heard that Pittsburgh was very interested and thought that they were possibly going to take me, I just didn’t Iknow when.

JM: What were your thoughts when your name was called by Pittsburgh?

MG: I was so pumped. I’d worked so hard to get there it was cool to see that hard work pay off and to be drafted by such a storied organization as the Penguins it was extra special. It was also exciting to get drafted by the same team as Sidney Crosby.

JM: Has the Penguins organization been in touch with you at all this year?

MG: We’ve been emailing a bit.

JM: Talk about yourself as a player. How would you describe yourself to people in Pittsburgh that have never seen you play?

MG: I would say that when I’m playing the way I can I’m a very complete player. I skate well; it’s the best aspect of my game. I have good stick skills and am not afraid to play physical.

JM: What are some of the things you need to work on as a player?

MG: I think to just be more consistent. Like I said, when I play the way I can I’m a complete player and for me that is always skating and moving my feet and playing physical. When I do that, my skill takes over by itself. When I’m not moving my feet I’m a average player, being more consistent is the biggest thing.

JM: Talk about how your season is going so far. You seem to have broken out of that slump you were in last year. Do you feel like you’ve gotten a monkey off your back so-to-speak?

MG: I wouldn’t say that, goals have been tough to come by as of late. I would say I’ve had a better year, but I still need to by more consistent like I was my freshman year.

JM: Seems like you’ve done really well on the power-play, do you feel like that’s a specialty of yours?

MG: I wouldn’t say its my specialty, but I am starting to become more confidant and comfortable on it. I definitely take pride in it.

JM: Time for the easy stuff: Favorite movie?

MG: Forrest Gump

JM: Favorite food?

MG: Steak and Potato

JM: Favorite NHL player, past or present?

MG: Wendel Clark, Mark Messier, Sidney Crosby

A special thanks to Michael for taking time out of his schedule to talk to us. We wish him the best of luck for the rest of this year. Stay tuned to Faceoff Factor for more exclusive interviews!

Physical Stats:
Michael Gergen – LW – 5’11 -185lbs – Shoots L – Feb. 17, 1987 – Hastings, MN

Career Stats at UM-D:
2005-06: 39GP – 14G -8A – 22PTS – 63PIM
2006-07: 39GP – 5G – 11A – 16PTS – 34PIM
2007-08: 19GP – 5G – 6A – 11PTS – 22PIM