Capitals prospect Axel Jonsson-Fjallby came within one win of gold at the World Junior Championship, but had to settle for silver as Sweden fell to Canada 3-1. Sweden did not trail in any game until the final.
Still, it was an impressive showing for the Swedes and for Jonsson-Fjallby. He finished with two goals and two assists in seven games. Both goals were shorthanded. His second goal came in the semifinals against the United States.
Jonsson-Fjallby’s speed and gritty style certainly turned heads.
No joke, Axel Jonsson Fjallby (WSH) has been one of my favorite players to watch in this tournament. Super fast, mudflaps flying out the back of his helmet and makes a lot of smart plays. Speed demon. He's fast, is what I'm trying to say.— Chris Peters (@chrismpeters) January 4, 2018
He definitely showed NHL speed in the tournament. While he does not project to be a top-six player, he certainly could be a very dangerous bottom-six, penalty-kill type of grinder. He was utilized well by Sweden and excelled because of it.
Other prospect notes:
- The Hershey Bears have found something with a Nathan Walker, Tyler Graovac, Riley Barber line. Both Barber and Graovac are in the midst of four-game point streaks (three goals, two assists for Barber and two goals, two assists for Graovac).
- Barber scored his 50th career AHL goal in is 150th AHL game. He is tied for the league lead in game-winning goals with five.
- Goalie Vitek Vanecek made 29 saves on Sunday in a 3-0 win over Charlotte to register his second shutout of the season.
- Brian Pinho earned his 100th NCAA career point on Jan. 3 in a 5-0 win over Brown. He is the 52nd player in Providence history to reach that milestone. He was also named the Hockey East Player of the Week.
- Forward Garrett Pilon was traded from the Kamloops Blazers to the Everett Silvertips in a multi-player WHL trade. “It’s pretty sad to be leaving a lot of the guys, but I’m a guy who usually gets more emotional after I leave,” Pilon said to Kamloops This Week.
- Tim McGauley, who is currently playing with South Carolina in the ECHL, sat down with The Post and Courier to talk about his adjustment to the pro game. "Guys in this league are bigger, stronger and faster so there’s an adjustment there for sure,” McGauley said.