Welcome to the first SHL Report of the 2018-2019 season. The SHL season has been ongoing for a few weeks now, and all the teams in the league have played either eight or nine games. Let’s go through the teams in their current order, and see which interesting prospects are playing for each team and how those prospects are doing so far.
There are no Rasmus Dahlin or Elias Pettersson level superstars in the league this season but that doesn’t mean there aren’t interesting youngsters who deserve our attention.
Johan Södergran (Kings) has been one of the breakout players in the SHL early in the season. He’s scored four goals and six points in nine games. Södergran is a big (6-3, 205) winger who was drafted in the sixth round this past summer. He’s only played an average of 12:13 with just 21 seconds per game on the power play, so it’s very unlikely he can sustain those counting stats with that kind of usage. But he’s definitely someone to watch this season.
Olle Lycksell (Flyers) has had a good start to his season with four points in nine games. He’s played an average of 13:19 per game, with over two minutes of that coming on the power play. Lycksell is a 19-year-old who was drafted in the sixth round in 2017, and that selection is looking great right now. I’m expecting him to play a big role for Team Sweden at the World Juniors.
Fredrik Karlström (Stars) has started the season with three points in nine games while playing an average of 13:25. Over two minutes of his ice time has come on the penalty kill. Karlström is a 20-year-old two-way center with good size (6-2, 196) and a future in the bottom-six in the NHL.
Adam Ginning (Flyers) has zero points in nine games while averaging 12:19 per game, with 1:16 of that coming on the penalty kill. I wasn’t a fan of the Flyers taking him 50th overall this past summer. He has a future in the NHL but I’m not expecting much of an impact. Probably