The Washington Capitals announced that they re-assigned Axel Jonsson-Fjallby back to the AHL Hershey Bears on Friday.
Jonsson-Fjallby was called up earlier this week and played in the Capitals’ 4-3 loss to the Boston Bruins, Thursday. AJF skated on the third line with Lars Eller and Connor McMichael.
Jonsson-Fjallby received 8:04 of ice time from Peter Laviolette in the game. The Capitals were out-attempted with him on ice 8 to 3, and out-chanced 2-0. But those numbers were normal for most Capitals players as the Bruins nearly doubled up Washington in shots on goal during the evening, 33 to 17.
AJF has posted one point, an assist, in nine games on the season. Overall, his underlying stats are outstanding: 53.2% shot attempts for, 57.0% expected goals for, 51.8% scoring chances for, and 60.2% high danger chances for with him on the ice five-on-five.
The Capitals optioned AJF back to the minors with Conor Sheary out of COVID protocol — Sheary skated today during the team’s optional practice — and Daniel Sprong available on the bench. The Swedish prospect also is one NHL game away from having to be exposed again on waivers if the Capitals opt to send him back to the minor leagues.
This means that the next time we see Jonsson-Fjallby, it’ll either be because the team made room for him on the NHL roster long-term or the rosters have expanded for the playoffs.
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Capitals Re-assign Axel Jonsson-Fjallby to Hershey
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have re-assigned forward Axel Jonsson-Fjallby to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
Jonsson-Fjallby, 23, has recorded one assist in nine 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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