SHL Report: HV71 earns hard-fought championship

Brad Phillips

2017-05-27

 

While the NHL playoffs have just crossed the three-quarter mark, the 2016-17 Swedish Hockey League season wrapped up three weeks ago. In the league final, HV71 prevailed over Brynas IF in a hard-fought seven-game series, the championship game being decided in overtime.

 

Simon Onerud wins it for HV71 with his league-leading 10th of the playoffs.

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Kevin Clark of finalist Brynas led the playoffs in scoring with 17 points. Casey Wellman (16), Filip Sandberg (14), Oskar Lindblom (14), and the aforementioned Onerud (13) round out the top five.

The top three goaltenders of the post-season were Joni Ortio of Skelleftea (1.77 GAA, .933 SVS), David Rautio for Brynas (2.01, .928) and New York Islanders’ prospect and league champion Linus Soderstrom (2.11, .922).

 

No season would be complete without some hardware being handed out. Here’s how the awards shook down.

 

Guldhjälmen (MVP): Joakim Lindström, Skelleftea

Swedish forward of the year: Oskar Lindblom, Brynas

Honken Trophy (goaltender of the year): Oscar Alsenfelt, Malmö Redhawks
Håkan Loob Trophy (most goals): Kevin Clark, Brynäs IF
Rookie of the Year: Andreas Borgman, HV71
Salming Trophy (best defenseman): Henrik Tömmernes, Frölunda HC

Stefan Liv Memorial Trophy (playoff MVP): Simon Onerud, HV71.
 

With the campaign over, players are already making commitments for next year with a few noteworthy signings when it comes to NHL prospects.

 

First to make the jump was Detroit Red Wings’ prospect Christoffer Ehn.

 

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The 6-3 pivot was far more productive in his second SHL season, posting four goals and nine assists in 52 games for Frolunda, adding another goal and assist in 14 playoff games. He’s strong defensively with a developing offensive game, but isn’t a threat see any NHL time in the foreseeable future.

 

Following Ehn a week later was Nashville’s sixth-round pick from 2013, Emil Pettersson. He chose to stay in Sweden after being drafted and it’s looking like a savvy move at this point following a breakout 2016-17. He began the year with Skelleftea, posting 12 points in 24 contests, but his game really took off following a mid-season trade to Vaxjo, where he registered 26 in 27 games followed by