Christian Djoos
Image: Brynas

Christian Djoos

Hometown:

Goteborg Sweden

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1994-08-06

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2012

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

7th round (195th overall), 2012

Weight:

158 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

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. 

Talent Analysis

Son of former NHL defenseman Par Djoos, Christian has made his name not by being the highly skilled offensive defenseman his father was, but by playing a much more well-rounded game. Though he is a quality skater with the ability to join the rush, Christian is not an outstanding offensive player. He likes to sit back and play a sound game in his own end, though size limitations (6’0, 165 pounds) limit just how much he can do in his own zone. Djoos is not exceptional at any one thing, but does many of them well. He desperately needs to add size and strength to his frame going forward.

Future

After three full seasons with Brynas of the SHL and will make the jump across the pond for 2015-16, where he will likely begin the season with Hershey of the AHL. Djoos has that quiet, steady demeanor that most European defenders possess, though his skill set is somewhat limited at this point in time. He will likely need two or three years in the minors before he is ready to crack the NHL. From there, his ideal role will be as a sixth/seventh defenseman contributing a solid all-around game with not many frills.

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