Saturday night I had a chance to share an elevator ride with Bengt Gustafsson after the Caps’ 2-1 victory over the Rangers. He’d come to D.C. for a week to compare coaching notes with Coach Boudreau, which I think is pretty cool. I asked father about son, Caps’ 2008 first-round pick Anton. It’s been a season of injuries for the promising pivot, who is playing for Bofors in the second highest professional league in Sweden.
You’ll recall that Gustafsson aggravated a lower back injury while attending Capitals’ Development Camp here last July. He’s fully recovered from that, according to Dad. But then he suffered a moderate knee injury in a collision fairly early in the season. Just when he’d recovered from that he broke a finger early in December. He’s just healing up from that. Overall, he’s played in 16 games for Borfors and tallied 5 goals and 3 assists.
“The injuries set in right after Washington selected him,” Dad quipped with a smile.
Dad also confirmed that the plan remains for Anton to graduate to the Swedish Elite League next season, with Frolunda. Borfors’ season will end at the end of February.