Axel Jonsson-Fjällby, the Washington Capitals’ 147th overall pick in the 2016 NHL draft, made Sweden’s U-20 2017 World Junior Championship team. He is one of two Caps prospects this year to receive the honor – Tobias Geisser of Switzerland is the other.
Tuesday, Fjällby played in the team’s first game of the tournament – a dominant 6-1 over Belarus.
In 12:48 of ice time, the Caps prospect led Sweden in shots (5), but it was Fjällby’s big hit on Belarus defenseman Vladislav Martynyuk that got him on the highlight reel.
Fjällby nailed the five-foot ten-inch Martynyuk in the chest as the defenseman tried to control a dump-in. The bodycheck occurred four minutes and thirty-six seconds into the game.
The crowd can be heard letting out a collective OHHHHHHHHHHHHHH immediately after the hit was delivered.
Belarus only managed to get nine shots on goal during the 60 minutes of game play – five of which were from Yegor Sharangovich. Sharangovich scored Belarus’s lone goal.
This year, Sweden is seeking a medal after three straight fourth-place finishes.
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