A story published today by Expressen.se illustrates the difficult decisions often faced by young hockey prospects. The story highlights Kevin Elgestal, the Capitals 7th round draft pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
The 19-year-old Right Winger from Gothenberg, Sweden, who currently plays for the Frolunda Indians in the Swedish Hockey League, has been invited by the Capitals to participate in the four-team Rookie Tournament, to be held September 12-15th in Estero, Florida. Elgestal has also been invited to participate in the Capitals training camp to be held the following week. Elgestal is scheduled to arrive in the states on September 10th, and return to Sweden on September 25th. However, as can be expected, the story states that the Frolunda Indians are not exactly supportive in Kevin’s commitment to the Capitals.
The story states “I know that GM Christian Lechtaler & Co in Frölunda’s sporting leadership was not particularly happy with the decision” However, the article also noted that there were “no harsh words from Frölunda’s management, that is. At least not publicly. Clearly there is understanding that Elgestål wants to be in the same camp as Alexander Ovechkin , Nicklas Backstrom & Co.”
“At the same time, I know that Frolunda has been quite clear in its communication, type: “It’s best if you stay at home, Kevin.” (Google Translate).