SHL Update

Brad Phillips

2016-10-19

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Welcome to the first in a series of monthly check-ins on notable prospect performances in the SHL. Many argue that the SHL is the third best league in the world behind the NHL and AHL.

Giving this idea some credence is the relative smooth transition we’ve seen recently of players coming over to the NHL and making immediate impacts. Recent examples include John Klingberg, Carl Soderberg and Mattias Janmark, just to name a few. Astute poolies who keep an eye on the goings-on in Sweden can find some hidden gems to add to their roster, often at a fairly low cost.

 

Oskar Lindblom

Pegged as a first-round talent in his draft year, the combination of a disappointing season and concerns over his skating caused him to slide all the way to the fifth round where the Flyers snatched him up with the 138th overall pick. It’s beginning to look like an absolute steal. He’s one of my favourite under the radar prospects, placing him 45th in my prospect rankings in this year’s Fantasy Prospect Report  (Buy the latest Fantasy Prospects Report here). Since being drafted, all Lindblom has done is produce. In 14 career WJC games, Lindblom has registered 15 points, and was the leading U-20 scorer in the league in 2015-16. At the end of last year he was signed to a PTO and skated in eight games, producing seven points. He’s kept things rolling to begin 2016-17 and is tied for the Brynas team lead in scoring, and 12th league-wide, with eight points in as many games.

 

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