SHL Update: December 2017

Brad Phillips

2017-12-19

 

The World Junior Hockey Championship is right around the corner with Sweden as a perennial medal contender. After capturing a silver medal in the 2014 edition they have been doomed with back-to-back-to-back losses in the bronze medal game. They’ll be looking to avoid a similar fate by bringing a team packed with talent honing their skills in the highest league in the nation.

 

Elias Pettersson

You can’t stop Pettersson, you can only hope to contain him. Although teams haven’t been doing a particularly good job of doing the latter either. Playing 16 and a half minutes a night for the Vaxjo Lakers, the accolades for the Vancouver Canucks' first rounder arealengthy. He leads the league with 35 points in 26 games, second in the league in helpers with 24, first in points-per-game with 1.35, and is on pace for the second best U20 season in league history.

His production has been boosted by a high 18 percent shooting conversion rate, but even if this comes back down to earth a little bit it shouldn’t hurt his point total too much. Pettersson’s been hot as of late to the tune of seven points over his last five games including a four assist game versus Frolunda. He should be in the mix for tournament scoring leading and should Sweden capture a medal you can bet he’ll be in the MVP conversation.

 

Pettersson’s four assist effort versus Farjestad

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Two assist game against Lulea

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Isac Lundeström

Not nearly as hyped as Dahlin, Lundestrom is nevertheless a high end prospect who should hear his name called in the mid-late first round this June. Playing for Lulea in his second SHL season, Lundeström has seen his numbers take a big jump in 2017-18 thanks in big part to a jump in ice time. He’s playing 16 minutes a night, an increase of seven minutes from last year, and has produced three goals and 10 points on the season, already surpassing last year’s total in half as many game. He could stand to shoot more with just 25 shots in 24 games although he’s always been more of a setup than a trigg