Caps seventh-round forward pick from this year, Kevin Elgestål, will play with the Swedish U20 team in Jönköping, Sweden this weekend. It’s a four-nations tournament that will run Friday through Sunday. The participating teams, apart from Sweden, are Russia, Finland and the Czech Republic.
This will be the first time that Elgestål plays with the U20 national team, though it’s not the first time he will represent Sweden internationally. Previously he has played both with the Swedish U17 and U18 teams, including playing in the U18 World Junior Championship and at the prestigious Ivan Hlinka tournament with the U18 team.
Henrik Leman, who covers Elgestål’s current team Frölunda, wrote about Elgestål in Gothenburg-based GT.se a few days ago:
“Kevin Elgestål, 18, is so hot in the eyes of Washington, that they have given him the marching orders to not just report to their rookie camp but to their “real” main camp as well.
I’m not saying that Elgestål is a NHL player this fall, but it’s my interpretation that they believe in him. That’s how it feels.
Fun. I’m guessing that the he will get the chance to play some games with Frölunda’s SHL squad this year.”
Take from that what you will. Personally, I’m taking it with a pinch of salt.