Jonas Siegenthaler

Hometown:

Zurich Switzerland

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1997-05-06

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2015

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2015

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

2nd round (57th overall), 2015

Weight:

220 lbs.

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History

2010-11: Jonas Siegenthaler skated in the Swiss U17 league as a 13-year-old, playing for the ZSC first and second teams in Zurich. In seven Elite Novizen games with the ZSC first team, including five playoff games, he had no points with 4 penalty minutes. Siegenthaler scored 6 goals with 4 assists and 24 penalty minutes in 17 games for the ZSC second team in Top Novizen.

2011-12: Siegenthaler played nine games at the U20 level in Switzerland and was one of the top defensemen in the Elite Novizen playing for the ZSC U17 team. He had 2 assists and 4 penalty minutes in seven games with the GCK Lions in the Elite Junior A league and had no points nor penalties in two games for ZSC in Elite Junior B play. Siegenthaler scored 3 goals with 9 assists and 103 penalty minutes in 29 regular season games for the ZSC U17 team. In eight games in the Elite Novizen playoffs he had 2 assists with 50 penalty minutes.

2012-13: Siegenthaler played in the Elite Junior A league as a 15-year-old and represented Switzerland in international competition for the first time — skating for the U18 team in the 2013 World Juniors and playing for the U17 squad in the Europe Youth Olympic Festival. In 34 regular season games with the GCK Lions he scored 2 goals with 12 assists and 54 penalty minutes. Siegenthaler had 1 assist and 8 penalty minutes in seven playoff games as the Lions won the Elite Junior A championship. He played 10 games, including five playoff games, with the Elite Novizen champion ZSC U17 team; scoring 1 goal with 9 assists and 51 penalty minutes. Siegenthaler was -2 with no points and 8 penalty minutes in five games for Switzerland at the WJC. He had 1 assist with 4 penalty minutes in three games at the Europe Youth Olympic Festival.

2013-14: Siegenthaler skated at the men’s level in Switzerland, appearing in six games with ZSC in the National A League and playing 40 games for the GC Kusnacht Lions in the National B League. Internationally he played for the Swiss U18 team in the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial and 2014 World Junior Championship tournaments. Siegenthaler was +3 with no points and 2 penalty minutes skating in the A League with ZSC. He scored 2 goals with 6 assists and 24 penalty minutes playing for the Lions. Skating for the GCK Lions U20 team in the Elite Junior A playoffs he had no points with 2 penalty minutes in seven games. Siegenthaler was -1 with no points and 2 penalty minutes in four games for Switzerland at the Ivan Hlinka tournament and was +6 with 1 assist and 2 penalty minutes in five games at the WJC. Switzerland finished seventh, falling to Canada, 3-2, in the quarterfinals.

2014-15: Siegenthaler played for ZSC in his first full season in the National A League and skated for the Switzerland U20 and U18 teams in their respective world junior championship tournaments. He had 3 assists and was +4 with 39 penalty minutes in 41 regular season games for ZSC and was +2 with 3 assists and 4 penalty minutes in 18 playoff games. Siegenthaler was one of the few bright spots for Switzerland at the 2015 U20 World Juniors as the club finished ninth in the 10-team tournament. In six games he was +9 with 1 assist and 8 penalty minutes. Switzerland hosted the U18 WJC, finishing fourth after a loss to Canada in the bronze medal game. Siegenthaler had 4 assists and was +2 with 20 penalty minutes in seven games. He was ranked 12th amongst international skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Washington in the second round (57th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Talent Analysis
Siegenthaler plays the game of a defensive defenseman. He has soft hands, handles the puck with care and keeps his plays simple. The good-sized Siegenthaler is a smooth skater with tremendous mobility. He makes soft passes, but lacks strength in them and needs to work on his timing for longer stretch passes. The missing power also hurts his shooting abilities and gives him only limited offensive upside.
Future
Siegenthaler is under contract with Zurich of the Swiss-A league for another season, but has expressed a desire to make the jump to North America after that. Given his size and playing style, he will likely get every opportunity to make the Capitals out of training camp in 2016-17, where he should slot in as a quality stay-at-home top four defender for the Capitals.

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