SHL Update: March Edition

Brad Phillips

2017-03-16

The 2016-17 SHL regular season wrapped up last week and saw the Vaxjo Lakers capture the regular season crown after the 52 games schedule, besting HV71 by one point in the overall standings led by such ex-NHLers as Dennis Everberg and Ville Leino. The honor of scoring leader went to Joakim Lindstrom who scored 18 goals and had 36 helpers in 51 games. Lindstrom is a veteran of 150 NHL games, last seeing action with the Toronto Maples Leafs in 2014-15. At 33 his NHL days are behind him, but a number of other players in the SHL with bright NHL futures made a noticeable impact on the scoresheet this year in Sweden’s highest league.

 

Oskar Lindblom – Philadelphia Flyers

Starting with the name at the top of the list, Oskar Lindblom was dominant from the time the puck dropped on the first game this year and had an historically great season in 2016-17. Anyone that has read these columns in the past knows that I am a huge Lindblom fan. He finished fourth in the league in scoring with 47 points, second in goals with 22 and tied for the fourth most points in a season by a player under 20 in the history of the league. He’ll be in the mix for the Guldhjälmen as league MVP voted by the players.

 

Lindblom capitalizes on a turnover

{source}<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Watch what happens when you turn the puck over and leave Oskar Lindblom wide open in the slot! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Flyers?src=hash">#Flyers</a> <a href="https://t.co/rlU1PVUoLt">pic.twitter.com/rlU1PVUoLt</a></p>&mdash; Flyers Prospects (@futureofphilly) <a href="https://twitter.com/futureofphilly/status/837453771336740864">March 3, 2017</a></blockquote>

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Getting to the front of the net to jam home a goal

{source}<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Oskar Lindblom's goal today. Not the prettiest goal but it turned out to be the game-winner. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Flyers?src=hash">#Flyers</a> <a href="https://t.co/Zd8SjXoa0w">pic.twitter.com/Zd8SjXoa0w</a></p>&mdash; Flyers Prospects (@futureofphilly) <a href="https://twitter.com/futureofphilly/status/839226430823223297">March 7, 2017</a></blockquote>

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Carl Grundstrom – Toronto Maple Leafs

Among the players in their draft plus-one season, Carl Grundstrom led the way with 20 points and 14 goals. The latter of which was the most by any U20 player. There are rumours that the Leafs will sign Grundstrom to an entry-level deal but as of yet, nothing has been made official. It’s extremely encouraging progress and great news for the Swede, but with the depth of the Leafs prospect pool, fantasy GM’s have to wonder when, and in what fashion, Grundstrom will suit up for Toronto.

 

{source}<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Hearing the Maple Leafs will announce shortly the signing of 2nd round pick Carl Grundstrom to an