The World Juinor Championship always gives young players the chance to catch our attention. Capitals prospect Axel Jonsson-Fjallby is doing just that with team Sweden.
Fjallby has one goal and two assists in five games, helping lead Sweden to a 5-0-0 record including a quarterfinal win over Slovakia.
Three points may not jump out at you on paper, but his play sure will.
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Ladies and gentlemen, Capitals prospect, Axel Jonsson Fjällby aka “The Hunter” pic.twitter.com/svfCbWi7mC
That goal came on a shorthanded break.
Now it is important to take in the context when evaluating Jonsson-Fjallby's play. As tremendous as he has looked, he is doing this in a juniors tournament against other young players, many of whom will never play in the NHL. Still, there is plenty to like.
Speed is speed and Jonsson-Fjallby is showing NHL speed. He has shown good puck-handling skill and is a strong forechecker. While his offensive exploits have caught everyone's attention, he has been primarily a fourth-line player for Sweden used more in a defensive role. He is not an offensive star, but could develop into a forechecking energy type of player other teams hate to play against.
Plus, that hair.
Interestingly enough, he hates how the hair looks when he's playing and prefers it in a man-bun when he's off the ice, so clearly he's got a lot to work on before he makes it in North America.