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According to a report out of Sweden by Uffe Bodin of HockeySverige.se, the Washington Capitals have signed 2012 seventh-round pick Christian Djoos (pronounced “YO-os”) to an entry-level contract.
There’s been no official confirmation of this information from Washington or Djoos’s current club, Brynas of the SHL.
A left-handed defenseman, Djoos’s size is far from NHL standards for a blueliner (6′ 0″, 161 lbs), but he compensates for it with awareness at both ends of the ice and smart decision-making. He had a strong campaign last season, earning a prominent role with one of Sweden’s most storied clubs (I wrote about Djoos’s excellent performance with Brynas a month ago).
According to Bodin, the Caps will loan Djoos back to Brynas next season. This is not an uncommon practice for the Swedish prospects signing NHL entry-level contracts. The deadline to sign Djoos is June 1st; otherwise, he’d be eligible for re-draft.
Aftonbladet’s Jimmie Larsson reached out to Brynas’s sports director Mikael Sundlov for comment. Sundlov said he was unaware of the signing.
“I didn’t know that,” Sundlov replied. “Christian was just here a few moments ago. I know that they’re negotiating, his contract expires. But I didn’t know that he has signed [with the Capitals]“.
In regards to Djoos returning to Brynas next season, Sundlov said they’ve had talks with Djoos and his agent and he knows they were negotiating with the Caps, but also said that they’re “counting on him” to play for Brynas. “I’ll have to get back to you on if and when he has signed the contract.”
Translation by Magnus Cadelin (@DenTadd).