SHL Report – October 2018

Jokke Nevalainen

2018-10-15

 

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.

 

Linköping

 

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 ends up being a physical bottom-pair defenseman.

 

Nikola Pasic (2019) is an interesting draft-eligible prospect for the league-leaders. Even though he’s officially played four games in the SHL this season, his average ice time has been just four seconds which is ridiculous. If you’re not going to let him play, then don’t waste his time. He’s just 17 years old, he needs to play to get better.

 

Malmö

 

Marus Sylvegård (undrafted) is a 19-year-old who has had a nice start to his season with four goals in seven games. He’s played an average of 13:52, with over two minutes of that coming on the power play. He’s one of the more interesting re-entry players for the draft out of Sweden.

 

Djurgården

 

Jonathan Davidsson (Blue Jackets) had a late start to his SHL season because he was busy with Columbus’ training camp. But that hasn’t really shown as he’s scored two goals and four points in just three games so far. He’s playing an average of 16:55 per game, with 1:49 of that coming on the power play and 1:19 on the penalty kill. I wouldn’t be surprised if he joined the Blue Jackets after his SHL season is over.

 

Emil Bemström (Blue Jackets) is another Columbus’ draft pick who has had a great start to his season. He’s scored five goals and six points in