On February 13, 2023, NHL waiver wire drop at 1:00 pm CST, Winnipeg Jets forward Axel Jonsson-Fjällby appeared.
No stranger to the NHL waiver process, Jonsson-Fjällby was acquired by Winnipeg from the Washington Capitals via waiver claim on October 10, 2022, at the start of the 2022-23 season.
In October 2021, he was put on waivers by Washington and claimed by Buffalo, to be later waived by Buffalo in that same month and re-claimed by Washington.
The Washington Capitals drafted Jonsson-Fjällby in the 5th round (147th overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. The Stockholm, Sweden native has never been more than a depth forward in his time playing in the NHL.
Jonsson-Fjällby played four NHL games with the Washington Capitals, and most of his playing time in North America was with the AHL with the Hershey Bears before his time with the Winnipeg Jets.
Playing in the bottom-6 forwards for Winnipeg in 2022-23, Jonsson-Fjällby has played in 45 games producing 11 points (4G, 7A).
Defenceman Dylan DeMelo practiced with Brenden Dillon today; therefore DeMelo could be activated off the injured reserve before the Jets play their next game at home on Tuesday, February 14, against the Seattle Kraken.
Winnipeg needs to open up a roster spot, and Jonsson-Fjällby, who has been a healthy scratch the last three games and with Winnipeg having a few other capable bottom-6 forwards on the roster, was deemed expendable.
Jonsson-Fjällby can be sent to the American Hockey League Manitoba Moose if another NHL team doesn’t claim on February 14, 2023.