SHL Report – March 2018

Jokke Nevalainen

2018-03-20

All images used on the collage are taken from SHL.se

 

The regular season in the SHL is now over, so it’s playoff time! This is now my second SHL report after taking over the SHL coverage with my February report. If you want to see highlight clips of these players, I suggest checking my Twitter feed @JokkeNevalainen because I frequently post short clips of SHL and Liiga prospects in there.

 

In the SHL, the six best teams earn an automatic spot to the quarter-finals while teams ranked from seventh to 10th play a best-of-three Wild Card series to determine which two teams advance from there. The other important line in the standings is at the bottom because the bottom two teams are automatically going to play in the relegation series against the top teams from Allsvenskan. Just like last time, I’ll go through the teams from top to bottom and skip the teams who don’t have interesting prospects. Let's get going.

 

Växjö

 

Växjö finished the season at the top of the standings, and their 116 points is a new SHL record. They’re facing Brynäs in the playoffs.

 

The player who ended up with most points is also from Växjö, and his name is Elias Pettersson (Canucks). The 19-year-old had 56 points in 44 games, and he ended up winning the race despite missing a few games because of World Juniors. 56 points is also a new SHL record among teenagers. His 24 goals were second best in the league, and it’s second best all-time among teenagers.

 

Pettersson is definitely one of the top prospects in the world right now but his transition to the smaller ice might take some time, especially if the Canucks want him playing center because he spent most of the season playing wing. But his long-term upside is definitely very high, and you can expect to see him in the NHL next season. He needs to add some muscle in the summer but he’