Axel Jonsson-Fjallby, a Swedish Capitals forward prospect, is on his way back to the Hershey Bears after his second sensational performance in the SHL postseason.
Jonsson-Fjallby started the season with the Bears before returning to his Swedish League team, Djurgardens IF in the fall, believing he could develop better this season in his home country. Djurgarden recently lost in the SHL Finals to Frölunda HC in six games. AJF scored in Djurgarden’s final game.
Jonsson-Fjallby played in 16 games with the Hershey Bears before triggering a clause in his contract to go back home. AJF started cold in the SHL, scoring only one goal in 36 regular season games, but exploded in the playoffs, tallying 12 points in 19 games (seven goals and five assists). AJF finished 11th in SHL playoff scoring.
AJF will join a Hershey Bears team that needs a boost. The Bears lost the first two games of their second-round series against the Charlotte Checkers, getting outscored 11-4. Jonsson-Fjallby, a speedy defensive-minded player, could help if he draws back into the lineup. The Bears play Games Three and Four Tuesday and Wednesday in Hershey.
He attended practice Monday.
Axel is in the building pic.twitter.com/SkPNcPu4jA
— Kyle Mace (@kyle_mace) May 6, 2019
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The Washington Capitals have re-assigned forward Axel Jonsson-Fjallby from Djurgardens IF of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) to the Hershey Bears (American Hockey League), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
Jonsson-Fjallby, 21, recorded 10 points (1g, 9a) in 36 games with Djurgardens IF this season. In addition, Jonsson-Fjallby recorded 12 points (7g, 5a) in 19 playoff games. Prior to being loaned to Djurgardens IF, Jonsson-Fjallby appeared in 16 games with Hershey, 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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