Jonas Rondbjerg is having a good summer.
Shortly before journeying to Las Vegas for development camp from Sweden, where he played the 2018-19 season with the Vaxjo Lakers, Rondbjerg signed a three-year entry level contract with the Vegas Golden Knights.
The 20-year-old forward was selected in the third round (65th overall) in the 2017 NHL Draft by Vegas and has been making a name for himself in Europe ever since. The Denmark native decided to stay on his side of the pond to play junior hockey rather than jumping to take the college or Canadian junior hockey route.
The decision has led him to gain valuable experience and be named a top player on his World Junior Championship team for the past three seasons running. It's also meant that the Golden Knights development camp is his primary opportunity to interact with his VGK teammates.
"I get to see the Swedish guys back in Sweden, but otherwise we just hang out here," said Rondbjerg. "The guys are such nice guys. It's good to catch up with them again."
As a third-year veteran, Rondbjerg felt prepared coming in to dev camp and was ready to soak in all the week had to offer.
"You're a bit more experienced now and you know what to expect so you can focus more and develop and listen more carefully to what the coaches are saying," said Rondbjerg. "I'm just using the week to develop as much as I can."
During his rookie season in 2016-17 with the Vaxjo Lakers SuperElit Junior team, he recorded a career-high 31 points (9 G, 22 A) in 42 games before being moved up to the Vaxjo Lakers SHL team for the final five games of the campaign. In 2017-18 he tallied 11 points (6 G, 5 A) in 35 games, and the following season he racked up 6 points (2 G, 4 A) in 45 games.
This year will be his first season stateside, where he hopes to join teammates like Nic Hague, Zach Whitecloud, Cody Glass and Jake Bischoff playing for the AHL's Chicago Wolves. The guys will have plenty of time to get acquainted with one another in the windy city before playing serious hockey, and Rondbjerg viewed dev camp as an opportunity to have a little fun.
"I think I had to bang off the rust at the first practice, but it's getting better and better," said Rondbjerg. "I just want to go out and have fun. It's the middle of the summer, so I just want to do my best and enjoy the scrimmages."