Axel Jonsson-Fjallby on Being Re-Claimed by Capitals: “Washington Is The Team That Drafted Me And It’s Fun To Get A Chance With That Team”

On Monday, Washington Capitals prospect Axel Jonsson-Fjallby spoke to the media following morning skate at Medstar Capitals Iceplex. He expressed his excitement on the high possibility of playing tonight in his first NHL regular-season game against the Buffalo Sabres (7 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington) after being recalled on Sunday.

“I’m really happy about it,” the 23-year old said about being recalled from the AHL’s Hershey Bears. “Feel like my game’s been good this year…finally get a chance, so it’s really fun.”

He said it would be “nice” to play on the penalty kill at an NHL level since that is his specialty in Hershey. Jonsson-Fjallby also noted that he looks up to fellow Swede and forward Carl Hagelin, noting that’s “the type of player I’m trying to be.”

Jonsson-Fjallby has played in preseason games for the Capitals, but Monday will likely be his regular-season debut. “I feel comfortable for sure,” he said, adding, “I feel like my game’s been good this year. I got some confidence. It’s fun for that to be acknowledged and to get a chance.”

He said his family, friends, and his girlfriends’ family will probably be watching back home in Sweden.

The Sabres claimed him via waivers on October 4 and Jonsson-Fjallby said he participated in two practices that week before the Capitals re-claimed him on waivers six days later.

“It was a roller coaster. I was happy at first you know I felt like they believe in me for claiming me but I wasn’t upset about coming back, either. Washington is the team that drafted me and it’s fun to get a chance with that team.”

By Della Young

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2 Responses to Axel Jonsson-Fjallby on Being Re-Claimed by Capitals: “Washington Is The Team That Drafted Me And It’s Fun To Get A Chance With That Team”

  1. Marky says:

    I am exited for AJF and for that matter all of the young ones getting chances in the last couple of weeks. Would be great if AJF could be a ‘Hagelin’, but with more finish.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Go get em Axel!

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