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With Waivers Looming, Capitals Assign Jonsson-Fjallby Back To Hershey

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Capitals forward Axel Jonsson-Fjallby

Just two days after recalling Axel Jonsson-Fjallby, the Washington Capitals re-assigned the 23-year-old back to the AHL’s Hershey Bears on Friday.

Jonsson-Fjallby played 8:05 minutes in Thursday’s loss to Boston, generating a lot of speed on the third line with Lars Eller and Connor McMichael. He picked up two hits and two takeaways. In a total of nine NHL games this season, the Swedish forward has an assist and two PIM.

“I’m trying to use my speed when I should, not just skate around. But that’s my number one asset, so I’m trying to use that,” Jonsson-Fjallby said of his game.

Down in Hershey, Jonsson-Fjallby ranks third in scoring with 10 goals and 21 points through 26 games this season.

If the 6-foot-1, 189-pound forward played in his 10th game, he would have to clear waivers before returning to the Bears. The last time the Capitals had AJF on waivers, he was claimed by Buffalo. However, visa issues stopped him from playing in a preseason game, and seven days later, he was placed back on waivers, and the Capitals re-claimed him.

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Jonsson-Fjallby said that as a player, he isn’t too focused on the waiver process. Ultimately, it comes down to trying to get as much ice time and opportunity as he can.

“Trying to do my best every day,” Jonsson-Fjallby explained, adding, “it’s fun to get the opportunity.”

AJF took part in Friday’s optional skate, along with Conor Sheary and more. Given the circumstances, it appears likely that Sheary could return for Saturday.

“I’m trying to use my speed when I should, not just skate around. But that’s my number one asset, so I’m trying to use that.”

The 23-year-old took part in Friday’s optional skate, along with Conor Sheary and more. Given the circumstances, it appears likely that Sheary could return for Saturday.

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