The Washington Capitals have loaned prospect Ludwig Persson to IPK of the Mestis league in Finland, according to the team’s website. The 2022 third-round selection has played in Sweden for his entire career, most recently with BIK Karlskoga of the HockeyAllsvenskan league.
The 19-year-old started out with the Frölunda HC in the SHL, but only played one game and thus resulted in him being loaned to Karlskoga.
“I felt that I, as it looks now, I am not really ready to be a good player in the SHL,” Persson said. “Karlskoga heard from me and was interested and I felt that playing here gives me an extremely good opportunity for me to establish myself on the next level and hopefully be able to take the next step in my development.”
However, the Göteborg, Sweden native had a tough time finding his game with the team, only racking up 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) in 45 games. His production really started to decline during the second half of the season.
The 6-foot-0 forward also represented Team Sweden in the U20 World Junior Championship, scoring one goal.
Persson is in the second year of his three-year, entry-level contract he signed back in July 2022, right after he was drafted. After his season with Karlskoga concluded, he was reassigned to the Hershey Bears, but did not see any postseason action.
“I am an offensive player who likes to have the puck and put my teammates or myself in good positions. I have good skating (skills) that I like to use, good speed, a good shot and a good sense of play.”
Before his season began, Persson was one of 22 Swedes to play in the Four Nations Tournament, but did not register a single point in three games after being shuffled throughout the lineup.
Persson is still the youngest player ever to suit up for Frölunda at 16-years, three months and three days, back in the 2019-20 season.
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