The Washington Capitals recalled two-way forward Axel Jonsson-Fjallby from the AHL’s Hershey Bears on Sunday.
The move comes the day after the Capitals lost to the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 and dropped to 5-2-4 on the season.
This marks Jonsson-Fjallby’s first NHL callup.
NEWS | The Capitals have recalled forward Axel Jonsson-Fjallby from the Hershey Bears. https://t.co/DXANwkBXiu
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) November 7, 2021
The Capitals are without top six talents Nicklas Backstrom (hip), TJ Oshie (foot), and Anthony Mantha (shoulder) and already sport three rookie forwards in the lineup currently: Connor McMichael, Hendrix Lapierre, and Brett Leason.
Jonsson-Fjallby, a 2016 fifth-round pick, has seven points (3g, 4a) in nine games with Hershey this season as part of a talented third line with Leason (who is currently in Washington) and Aliaksei Protas (made NHL debut last week). According to the Bears, Jonsson-Fjallby has scored two game-winning goals already in 2021-22, a mark tied for first in the AHL.
AJF initially was not slated to be on the Capitals this year. He was claimed on waivers by the Buffalo Sabres during the preseason when the Capitals tried to sneak him down to Hershey. The Capitals re-claimed the Swede back seven days later when the Sabres tried to send him to their own AHL team.
Jonsson-Fjallby is sneaky fast, has soft hands, and can penalty kill.
Here’s the full press release from the Capitals:
Capitals Recall Axel Jonsson-Fjallby from Hershey
Jonsson-Fjallby has recorded seven points in nine games with Hershey this season
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have recalled forward Axel Jonsson-Fjallby from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
Jonsson-Fjallby, 23, has recorded seven points (3g, 4a) in nine games with Hershey this season. Jonsson-Fjallby ranks tied for second on the team in goals and points.
In 31 games with the Bears last season, Jonsson-Fjallby recorded 15 points (10g, 5a) and set an AHL career high in goals per game (0.32). The 6’1″, 189-pound forward also played in 26 games with Vastervik IK in the Swedish Hockey League, where he recorded 15 points (4g, 11a).
In 117 career games with the Bears, the Stockholm, Sweden, native has recorded 48 points (27g, 21a).
The Capitals selected Jonsson-Fjallby with their fifth-round pick, 147th overall, in the 2016 NHL Draft.
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