The Washington Capitals announced another round of cuts on Sunday after training camp.
Washington has assigned Axel Jonsson-Fjallby, Brett Leason and Joe Snively to the AHL’s Hershey Bears. Jonsson-Fjallby will have to clear waivers first.
Jonsson-Fjallby played in two preseason games for the Capitals this preseason and recorded two shots, two hits, one takeaway and a plus/minus of minus-1 in 22:24 TOI. He played alongside Connor McMichael and Kody Clark and skated with speed and confidence through training camp.
In 2020-21, the Capitals loaned Jonsson-Fjallby to the HockeyAllsvenskan’s Västerviks IK, where he dished four goals and 15 points in 26 games. The 23-year-old also laced ’em up for 31 games with the Bears, posting 10 goals and 15 points.
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Leason also had a strong showing at camp. The 6-5, 225-pound winger was using his size to his advantage and playing well in both ends, and recorded three shots, two drawn penalties, two blocks and one hit in 26:24 TOI. The 2019 second-rounder is coming off a strong season with Hershey, where he netted nine goals and 20 points in 33 games.
Snively was also a strong presence at training camp and through the preseason, showcasing his skating, grit and playmaking ability. He skated on a line with Hendrix Lapierre and Brian Pinho against the Boston Bruins, picking up an impressive falling goal in the team’s preseason opener. Snively also scored in the shootout in Washington’s loss to Philly on Saturday. The Herndon, V.A. native registered six goals and 17 points in 30 games with the Bears last season.
The Capitals’ training camp roster now sits at 34 players, including 20 forwards, 10 defensemen and four goaltenders. The final roster can have no more than 23 skaters.
Connor McMichael and Hendrix Lapierre are just two players vying for a roster spot. Other forwards still in the mix include Beck Malenstyn, Garrett Pilon, Brian Pinho, Aliaksei Protas, Michael Sgarbossa and Mike Vecchione. Looking at the blue line, Alex Alexeyev and Tobias Geisser are among those still competing for an NHL gig.