As the NHL gets ever closer to the playoffs, Capitals prospect Axel Jonsson-Fjällby is already impressing in Djurgården’s run. Jonsson-Fjällby assisted on Jonathan Davidsson’s second goal, and added his own tally before the game was over, sealing Djurgården’s impressive 6-1 win over Linköping.
According to Hockeynews.se, Capitals assistant general manager Ross Mahoney was in attendance watching the youngster play from the press box. Per Hockeynews.se’s sources, and as translated by Magnus Cadelin, the Capitals have decided to sign Jonsson-Fjällby to an ELC once his SHL season comes to an end.
“I ‘m just thinking about the playoffs and I’m sure it’s best not to think to much [about the NHL]. Just going at it a game at the time,” Jonsson-Fjällby told Hockeynews.se about the Caps’ plan to sign him to an ELC.
Despite the report from Hockeynews, Mahoney has yet to speak face-to-face to the promising forward.
“I know who he is, but I’ve never met him. I hope he appreciates what he saw and that he thought I played well, even though I think I had too many mistakes for my part,” Jonsson-Fjällby said. “But the important thing is that we got the win and what we did it in this fashion. I’m happy either way.”
Monday, Jonsson-Fjällby showed off his speed when scoring on a breakaway. After taking a saucer pass from a teammate, Jonsson-Fjällby deked before beating the goaltender short-side.
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“It was a very important goal for me, it builds your confidence,” Jonsson-Fjällby said. “It wasn’t an important goal for the game, but it’s always fun to score.”
Jonsson-Fjällby is the second Capitals prospect the team has reportedly received a verbal commitment to sign after meeting. Earlier in the season, Brian MacLellan reportedly agreed on the parameters of a deal with talented goaltender Ilya Samsonov while visiting the first-round pick in Russia.
In September, Jonsson-Fjällby signed with former-Capital Michael Nylander’s representative firm, Playmaker Agency. Other notable players represented by Playmaker are William and Alex Nylander, Johnny Gaudreau, Conor Sheary, and Brooks Orpik.
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