November SHL Update

Brad Phillips

2017-11-22

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Just over a third of the way into the season things are, for the most part, still pretty tight standings wise for the most part. The Vaxjo Lakers and Farjestad have created a little bit of separation sitting in first and second, respectively with 44 and 39 points. After that it’s a log jam with third and 10th being separated by eight points. The only team that might be considered out of it is league punching bag Rogle who sit in last place with just 11 points. Individually a number notable prospects have made significant contributions to their teams, especially the somewhat surprising, given his age, league leader scorer.


 

Elias Pettersson

It’s hard to believe that a player taken fifth overall could be “underdrafted” but Elias Pettersson is sure making a heck of a case. Pettersson is showing no signs of slowing down is his debut SHL season. Through 18 games the lanky Swede has nine goals and 14 assists and is tied for the league lead with 23 points. Not to mention his 1.28 PPG is a league best mark. If he were to keep up this scoring rate he would finish with the second best ppg rate for a U20 player behind Kent Nilsson but ahead of Peter Forsberg and a top three season point total. He’s been especially hot as of late with 15 points over his last eight games including a five point effort on October 26th. Don’t count on him to help you in the hit category though. He’s been credited with only five this season.

 

Pettersson’s five point game

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Three point effort from Saturday

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Two goal game versus Djurgarden

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Victor Ejdsell

Nashville won the offseason bidding way for this slick 6-05 pivot. Having gone undrafted Ejdsell has become a legit NHL prospect in the time since. He’s a bit of a curious prospect in that there isn’t a lengthy track record of players his age having the season he did in the Allsvenskan and parlaying that into success at the higher levels. The 22 year old had the fifth best Allsvenkan season ever by a U24 player in 2016-17 with 57 points, which led the league and was rightfully named forward of the year. He’s made the jump to the big leagues in Sweden and has managed to show he can hang with the big boys. In his first 18 SHL games Ejdsell has firmly established himself as a middle-six option and produced 13 points which ties him for the team lead on HV71. He’s