The Washington Capitals are making more moves to bolster their depth and add more lineup options, and this time, it’s Axel Jonsson-Fjallby’s turn to come up to D.C. Washington recalled AJF from the Hershey Bears and assigned him to the taxi squad on Wednesday.
It’s a smart move for the Capitals, who have not been strangers to adversity, injuries or bouts with COVID-19. Adding Jonsson-Fjallby gives Washington another strong forward option that can not only add speed and help generate pressure on the forecheck but also play a utility role, kill penalties and backcheck efficiently.
Jonsson-Fjallby made his NHL debut on Nov. 8 against Buffalo and got eight games up with the Capitals, picking up an assist, nine shots, six hits and three blocks while averaging 11:54 minutes of ice time. He has been making a statement with great play at both ends down in Hershey this season and has 10 goals and 21 points in 26 games with the Bears so far.
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With the 23-year-old forward on board, Washington now has two extra forwards in him and Mike Sgarbossa. T.J. Oshie is still day-to-day with an upper-body injury, and Conor Sheary remains on COVID-19 protocol.
The Capitals currently sit third in the Metropolitan Division with a 22-9-9 record. Their next game comes Thursday against the Boston Bruins.