On Friday we published an article on the Capitals 2016 draft pick Axel Jonsson-Fjallby, detailing an interview he held with the Swedish media following Team Sweden’s win over the Czech Republic in the 2018 World Junior Championship. The post also included a beautiful assist by Jonsson-Fjallby from the game against the Czech Republic.
If you missed it, Axel (#22) setup Team Sweden’s first goal with a dazzling deke and centering pass for Tre Kronor’s first tally.
On Saturday, Axel pulled off another beauty, this time potting a shorthanded playmaker’s goal against the Swiss, giving Team Sweden a 3-1 lead late in the game.
Capitals prospect Axel Jonsson Fjällby scores on a shorthanded breakaway while chewing his mouth piece. pic.twitter.com/ssz9uEDG2o
— Taddson (@taddson) December 30, 2017
The 19-year-old Stockholm native was a 5th round draft pick (#147) by the Washington Capitals in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
After watching all of Team Sweden’s games so far in the tournament, there are several things that standout about Jonsson’s game. He is VERY fast, something the Capitals need. He also has above-average vision on the ice, and the ability to make plays. His puck-battle game is also strong. We will have more on his game in our tournament wrap-up article. In the meantime, If you get a chance to catch a Team Sweden game, it’s highly recommended.
Team Sweden would win Saturday’s game 7-2. The win gives Sweden a 3-0 record and first place in Group B. With the loss, the Swiss are 1-2 and stuck in fourth place. Team Sweden has now won their 43th straight game in the preliminary round in the World Juniors dating back to 2006. (3-2 OT loss vs USA)
By Jon Sorensen