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According to a report out of Sweden by Uffe Bodin of, 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).

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  • Superswede

    Great to see. His dad was a really, really good defender as well. He reminds me a bit of Nicklas Lidstrom in his style of play.

  • Rob W.

    kid needs to add 20 pounds, 161 is scary

  • I could not imagine him making it out alive of the AHL being that teeny tiny.

  • Rob W.

    Need to get him on a Chipo..err.. Qdoba diet, 2 burritos for lunch and 2 for dinner everyday, he will be 180-190 in no time

  • Tadd

    As Superswede states below, his father Pär Djoos was a terrific defender. A bit slow, but majestic. He played a total of 82 games in the NHL, representing Detroit Red Wings and the New York Rangers.

    Christian looks just like his dad when playing. Not the fastest player out there, but he handles the puck extremely well and his shot always seems to hit the net, even if it’s not very hard.

    Christian Djoos scored the only goal in Team Sweden’s upsetting loss to Team Finland at the World Juniors this winter.

  • Superswede

    His dad is the same height and was playing at around 200 pounds…he was also a lightweight when drafted…around 170. I have a feeling he will stay in Sweden another 2 years and build that frame out without getting destroyed (as he would in the AHL).

  • Fedor

    He needs to sign in the KHL. Russian national food is very tasty and has a lot of calories (a must considering the climate).

  • That’d be great. He’s definitely a wild card. He has the hockey sense and skating ability to make it, just not the frame yet.

  • I’m glad you caught yourself there. Haha.

  • Sarah

    Or start taking OTC allergy medication. Everybody knows that s–t turns you into the Incredible Hulk.

  • katzistan

    Potatoes and “kotleti” and, oh yeah, potatoes are tasty? Lots of calories you have a point though.

  • Cthulu’s Alarm Clock

    “(pronounced “YO-os”)”

    Oh, I can’t wait for Pierre “Corey Carrick” Mcguire to try & pronounce his name…

  • Myan

    Whoa 161 lbs? Kronwall would turn him into a pancake!

  • Fedor

    How about bliny, pelmeni, vareniki, shashlyk, pirozhki, syrniki? And potatoes are tasty sometimes. That’s how McDonald’s made their billions.

  • katzistan

    My mother-in-law’s vereniki s vishney are amazing. But those are Ukrainian. And everyone knows the best shashlyk is Georgian. 😉

  • Fedor

    Vareniki are present in many Slavic cuisines, from Polish to Russian/Siberian.

  • katzistan
  • Fedor

    How about Russian Wikipedia? “Vareniki — SLAVIC dish, which is most often used in Ukrainian cuisine”.

  • katzistan

    Ah, but Ukrainian Wikipedia: “The Ukrainian National Dish”. You *literally* can’t argue with that.

  • Fedor

    The fact that it is a Ukrainian national dish doesn’t meant it can’t also be a national dish in other countries.