On October 9, an anonymously-sourced report by hockeysverige.se revealed that Axel Jonsson-Fjallby had decided to return home after playing just two games in Hershey. Both the Capitals and Bears pushed back on the Swedish report, but 13 games later, AJF is indeed leaving.
The Capitals made the news official in a late afternoon PR release, citing the organization was loaning the 2016 fifth-round pick to the SHL team, Djurgardens IF. The loan is necessary because the Capitals signed Jonsson-Fjallby to a three-year, entry-level contract in May. AJF will remain in team control moving forward.
In total, AJF appeared in 15 games for the Bears tallying three points (2g, 1a).
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The Washington Capitals have loaned forward Axel Jonsson-Fjallby to Djurgardens IF of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
Jonsson-Fjallby, 20, appeared in 15 games with the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL) this season, recording three points (2g, 1a).
During the 2017-18 season, Jonsson-Fjallby recorded 16 points (7g, 9a) in 42 regular season games and eight points (6g, 2a) in 11 playoff games with Djurgårdens IF. The Stockholm, Sweden, native also led Sweden to a silver medal in the 2018 U-20 World Junior Championship, earning four points (2g, 2a) in seven games.
The Capitals selected Jonsson-Fjallby in the fifth round, 147th-overall, in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Jonsson-Fjallby was ranked 92nd overall among international skaters by NHL Central Scouting. The 6’0″, 170-pound forward made his SHL debut in 2016-17 and recorded one assist in 24 games with Djurgårdens IF. Jonsson-Fjallby also registered 37 points (17g, 20a) in 32 games with Djurgårdens IF’s U-20 affiliate in the 2016-17 season. Jonsson-Fjallby represented Sweden in seven games between Sweden’s U19 and U20 teams and recorded one goal during the 2016-17 season.
Prior to the 2016 NHL Draft, Jonsson-Fjallby registered 29 points (13 goals, 16 assists) in 39 games with Djurgarden (Sweden-Jr.) in 2015-16. Additionally, he earned four points (two goals, two assists) in seven games with Sweden at the 2016 U18 World Championship. Jonsson-Fjallby is one of six Swedish players drafted by Washington since the 2012 NHL Draft.
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