The Washington Capitals announced on Wednesday that they recalled Axel Jonsson-Fjallby from the Hershey Bears and assigned the Swedish forward to its taxi squad.
The move comes hours after the NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced Dmitry Orlov would have a hearing for kneeing Nikolaj Ehlers.
NEWS | The Washington Capitals have recalled forward Axel Jonsson-Fjallby from the Hershey Bears and have assigned him to the taxi squad.#ALLCAPS | @FTX_Official https://t.co/uhVaXwcV68
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) January 19, 2022
At the time of posting, the reason for Jonsson-Fjallby’s recall is unclear. A player who serves on the taxi squad makes an AHL salary and is not considered on the main roster. The player just practices and travels with the NHL team.
It could purely be just for the sake of filling the vacated spot on the taxi squad left by Michael Sgabrossa, who was recently recalled to the main roster.
Jonsson-Fjallby is having his best season as a pro in Hershey. The forward, who is excellent defensively, has notched 21 points (10g, 11a) in 26 games for Hershey this season. His idol is Carl Hagelin.
“I really looked up to Carl when I was younger and even now,” Jonsson-Fjallby said earlier in the season. “That’s the type of player I’m trying to be.”
Here’s the full press release from the Capitals:
Capitals Recall Axel Jonsson-Fjallby from Hershey
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have recalled forward Axel Jonsson-Fjallby from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL) and have assigned him to the taxi squad, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
Jonsson-Fjallby, 23, has recorded one assist in eight games with Washington this season and made his NHL debut on Nov. 8, 2021, against the Buffalo Sabres. The 6’1”, 189-pound forward is tied for third on Hershey this season with 21 points (10g, 11a) in 26 games.
In 31 games with the Bears last season, the Stockholm, Sweden, native recorded 15 points (10g, 5a) and set an AHL career high in goals per game (0.32). Jonsson-Fjallby also played in 26 games with Vastervik IK in the Swedish Hockey League, where he recorded 15 points (4g, 11a).
In 134 career games with the Bears, Jonsson-Fjallby has recorded 62 points (34g, 28a).
The Capitals selected Jonsson-Fjallby with their fifth-round pick, 147th overall, in the 2016 NHL Draft.
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