20 April, 2014

The Caps' Injury Bug Bites Across Oceans

Anton GustafssonSaturday 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.  


  1. Strungout wrote:

    Seems he’s made of balsa wood.

    5 January, 2009 at 5:52 pm | Permalink
  2. Gustafsson was always one of my favorites.
    would you add me to your blog roll? i’d greatly appreciate it!

    5 January, 2009 at 6:18 pm | Permalink