Victor Söderstrom, Bringing his Smooth Game to Brynäs
Things That Were
Henrik Tjornqvist, RW/Timrå (Undrafted)
A quick thought on winger Henrik Tjornqvist. At 22 and having never been drafted I would assume many (like myself before getting a few viewings in) had never heard of the 6’2, 187-pound winger. It is always a pleasant surprise when you go to watch a game, prepare and highlight the key players, and then end up finding yourself looking up a given number because of how their play caught your attention. In watching the likes of Hållander (see below), a player who really caught my eye was his opposite winger, Tjornqvist. Centred by fellow youngster Jacob Olofsson (MTL), this youthful line was often in the offensive zone and creating continued pressure off the rush and at the net. Despite not showing as much raw talent as his linemates, Tjornqvist stood out for combined his speed down the wing and his ability to make controlled zone entries before dishing the puck off or taking a safe shot on goal. While not a dominant force offensively, Tjornqvist expresses some potential as a winger with speed and size. Currently in his fourth season in the SHL, Tjornqvist has taken on a much bigger offensive role with Timrå and is contributing almost double the rate he has in previous seasons. He’s posted 10 points in 24 games thus far. Still a long-shot, and likely losing years to even be considered a project anymore, if his offensive success continues this year I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get a calculated look across the pond.
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Filip Hållander, LW/Timrå (PIT):
Hållander is an intriguing prospect in that he possesses a very noticeable<