September will provide Mattias Sjogren with a chance to make the Capitals.
“He’s here to compete for a job,” general manager George McPhee said. “The nice thing is he can play a couple of positions – he can play the wing, he can play center ice. As we’ve said in the past, if one of these young guys is good enough, we’ll make room for ‘em.”
The expectation from Sjogren’s camp is higher than that.
“He will play in the NHL,” his North American agent, Ritchie Winter, told The Washington Times. “We are convinced of that.”
The Caps signed Sjogren on June 1 to a two-year deal worth $900,000 per season. It’s a two-way deal (so he would make just $67,500 in the American Hockey League). He spent three seasons in the Swedish Elite League and said back then he hadn’t had any conversations with the team about spending time in the AHL.
Sjogren, at 23 years old is clearly bigger and stronger than the rest of the prospects at this week’s development camp. He’s here because the Caps wanted to see him and have him meet the coaches and training staff.
Troy Brouwer and Joel Ward did the same this week – and their roster spots are assured. Whether the same can be said about Sjogren will be seen in two months.