The Capitals announced today that they have recalled center Mattias Sjogren from Farjestad of the Swedish Elite League. The 24-year-old Sjogren played in 19 games for the Hershey Bears (AHL) before leaving and heading back to Sweden earlier this season. In Hershey Sjogren tallied two goals, three assists and a -6 rating.
With Farjestad, Sjogren had three goals and six assists in 28 games with a -9 rating. Sjogren also played in 11 playoff games for Farjestad and had two goals and two assists.
Sjogren is 6’3″, 220 pounds and has never played in an NHL game. When Sjogren left Hershey to head back to Sweden, Capitals General Manager George McPhee wasn’t pleased.
“It’s probably a mistake,” McPhee said on Sjogren. “He needs to develop here and wasn’t prepared to make the commitment to do so.”
McPhee added, “His upside was fourth line center” and when asked if he would entertain bringing him back, McPhee said “probably not”.
“If you’re going to quit on us, you might as well go,” McPhee said on Sjogren.
“I know Claude Lemieux [his European agent] told him that he should stick it out, so either Rico Winters [Ritchie Winter his North American agent] or whatever his name is told him to go home or the player didn’t want to be here.”
The Caps retained his rights and Sjogren is expected to practice with the team tomorrow before they head to Boston.
Listen here to what Capitals General Manager George McPhee had to say on November 29th about Mattias Sjogren heading back to Sweden.
George McPhee Press Conference Audio