According to Brynäs’ official team site, the club has signed defender Christian Djoos to a contract. Djoos is born in 1994, and was drafted by the Washington Capitals in the seventh round in 2012. He is a Brynäs product but this is his first contract with Brynäs's Elitserien team (SEL). Previously he had a contract with Brynäs's junior team (Brynäs J20). The contract is for the next 2 1/2 years, and runs from November 1, 2012 to April 30, 2015.
"Of course it feels great to get a contract with the SEL team. I have played with Brynäs all my life and of course this is where I want to be. It feels really good," Djoos said to the team's site earlier today.
Brynäs's general manager Michael Sundlöv said, "It feels great to know that we will have Christian here for the next 2 1/2 years. He has shown with his play this season that he belongs in the SEL and he has earned this contract. He is one of our young talents that we believe in a lot."
The contract is a nice show of confidence in the player by Brynäs, but it doesn't necessarily mean anything for anyone other than Djoos. He will most likely get a bigger paycheck, but we won’t find out how much larger because salaries are not made public in Sweden. Nor does it have any effect on which level he will play at, he can still be sent down to Brynäs’s junior team.
If you look at it from a Washington Capitals perspective, it might seem at first glance to be worrisome that he is signed a contract with a team in Sweden for three more years. But there is really no need to be concerned. Djoos isn’t a big kid, he is listed at 5'11" and 148 lbs, and he will probably need all of the remaining time on his contract to fill out and develop as a player before he is ready to give the NHL a try.
There are few places that have been better at developing players than Brynäs over the last couple of years. Calle Jarnkrok, Johan Larsson and Jakob Silfverberg to mention a few, and if we go back a few more years, current Cap Nicklas Backstrom. Djoos's coach in Brynäs, Tommy Jonsson, also coached Nicklas Backstrom when he played with the Brynäs junior team.
If Djoos is ready to take the next step before his SEL contract ends, or it’s deemed that he will develop faster in the AHL, he probably has an out clause in his contract, as most players do.Djoos is currently rehabbing after knee surgery, but is expected to be back playing for Brynäs in 1-2 weeks.