2009-10: Christian Djoos played for Brynas’ U18 and U16 squads and competed for Gastrikland in the TV-Pucken high school tournament. In 39 games for Brynas U18 (including four playoff games), Djoos was a team-best plus-60 with 5 goals and 13 assists and had 70 penalty minutes. Brynas U18 won the gold medal. In six games with the U16 squad he scored 2 goals with 4 assists and was plus-three with 8 penalty minutes. In eight games for Gastrikland he scored 2 goals with 4 assists.
2010-11: Djoos appeared in 11 games for Brynas’ U20 team and was the leading scorer amongst defensemen for Brynas’ U18 team. Djoos had 1 assist and was minus-seven in limited ice time with Brynas U20. Playing with Brynas U18 he had 11 goals with 34 assists and led all juniors with a plus-56 plus/minus. Brynas U18 won a bronze medal. In five playoff games he had 5 assists and was plus-four with 4 penalty minutes.
2011-12: Djoos made his Elitserien debut – appearing in one game – in addition to playing for Brynas at the U20 and U18 levels and representing Sweden in the 2012 U18 World Junior Championship. Djoos had five minutes of ice time for league champion Brynas in his only appearance. Djoos scored 3 goals with 21 assists and was plus-11 with 22 penalty minutes in 40 games with Brynas U20 and was scoreless in two playoff games. He skated in 12 games with Brynas U18 (including five playoff games) and scored 6 goals with 8 assists. In six games at the U18 WJC he scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was plus-three with 2 penalty minutes. Sweden won a silver medal. Djoos was ranked 18th amongst European skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Washington in the seventh round (195th overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft.
2012-13: Djoos skated for Brynas in Sweden’s Elitserien as an 18-year-old and was part of Sweden’s silver medal-winning squad at the 2013 World Junior Championship. He scored 2 goals with 6 assists in 47 regular season games and was -1 with 38 penalty minutes. Brynas secured the final playoff spot after finishing eighth and was swept by eventual champion Skelleftea in the Elitserien quarterfinals. Djoos was -3 with no points nor penalty minutes in four playoff games. He had 3 assists and was -2 in six games for Sweden at the WJC. Sweden reached the gold medal game; falling to the USA, 3-2.
2013-14: Djoos was the top scoring defenseman amongst junior-aged players in Sweden’s SHL in his second season with Brynas and played for the bronze medal-winning Sweden U20 team at the 2014 World Junior Championship. He scored 1 goal with 12 assists and was +5 with 4 penalty minutes, averaging 17:16 minutes of ice time, in 47 regular season games. Brynas finished fourth in the regular season and lost to Farjestads in a first round playoff series. Djoos scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was -3 with no penalties in five playoff games. In seven games at the World Juniors he scored 2 goals, both on the power play, with 1 assist and was +3 with 2 penalty minutes. Sweden lost to Finland, 3-2 in overtime, in the gold medal game. Djoos signed a three-year entry-level contract with Washington in May 2014.
Djoos is the son of former NHLer Pär Djoos. Like his father he plays a two-way game and relies on all-around competency in each zone. His biggest strength is his skating, which he uses to jump into the rush. However he also likes to sit back and play the responsible game. His defense could use a little more seasoning and he will likely need added bulk and strength to compete against larger and more physical forwards. Djoos does not excel in anyone area but has few glaring weaknesses.
Djoos was loaned to Brynas by the Capitals at the start of the 2014-15 season and is in his third SHL season. A late round project pick when he was selected by Washington in the 2012 NHL Draft, he has put up career highs in goals and assists and played a more prominent role for the club this season. Brynas has struggled, however, and will likely need to reach the playoffs through a play-in series. Long-term Djoos has the skill level and mental game to be a sound middle pairing defender at the NHL level. His lack of bulk and strength will be his biggest challenge to reaching that potential.