Next Swede Up? Development Camp Preview: Kevin Elgestal

Kevin-1(Photo by Pia Ilenius,

Kevin Elgestal, the 19 year old Right Winger from Gothenberg, Sweden, was a 7th round draft pick (194th overall) by Washington Capitals in last year’s NHL Entry Draft.  Elgestal spent last season playing with Frolunda HC in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) where he scored 10 goals and had 16 assists in just 33 games.  Kevin also played for the Swedish U20 team in 2014-2015.

The 6′-1″ 185 lb right-hander just may be the late-round diamond in the rough teams are always in search of. After last year’s development camp, the Capitals were impressed to the point of inviting Elgestal to the regular training camp held last September.

Hockey’s Future analysis says “Elgestal is primarily a pass-first player as opposed to a pure scorer. He has a tendency to play on the edges of that game at times and will have to get more engaged and meaner if he wants to have an NHLfuture. Elgestal has decent size for his age and could be an effective power forward if he uses his body to his advantage. He is not a flashy player but plays a sound positional game on both ends of the ice that suggests a positive upside”.

Coming into his second Capitals Development Camp, it will be interesting to see how Kevin’s game has come along, as well as his physical attributes.


About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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