By now most NHL loans have left Sweden and returned to their parent clubs in North America to begin preparations for the coming season. However, Axel Jonsson Fjällby currently remains in Sweden.
The 22-year-old was loaned from the Capitals to Västerviks IK of the HockeyAllsvenskan league on September 14. Now Vasterviks coach Mattias Karlin tells VT.se that Jonsson Fjällby will not participate in Washington’s camp – and that he can thus remain with the club.
Jonsson-Fjällby has only played for the Capitals’ farm team, the Hershey Bears, since he signed his first deal. The AHL season is expected to start on February 5. According to VT.se, whether he is recalled then remains to be seen, however, he is expected to return for the AHL season.
“We’ll see what happens, you never know. But as it looks right now, he will stay with us,”says Karlin.
Jonsson-Fjällby, who played SHL hockey with Djurgården before signing an NHL contract with the Capitals, has scored three goals and recorded twelve points in 21 Allsvenskan games with Västervik IK this fall.
The 2019-2020 season was technically a rookie season in the AHL for Jonsson-Fjallby. He recorded 12 goals and 11 assists in 61 games played. He was third in points and second in goals among all Bears rookies. Jonsson-Fjallby was a major contributor to Hershey’s highly-ranked penalty kill and rarely took penalties, with just 10 penalty minutes on the season.
Jonsson-Fjällby was a 5th round draft pick (#147 overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Capitals on May 1, 2018, for $860,000 AAV. He will be a restricted free agent at the end of the 2020-2021 season.
By Jon Sorensen