SHL Report – December 2018

Cam Robinson

2018-12-18

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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.

 

Things That Are

Filip Hållander, LW/Timrå (PIT):

Hållander is an intriguing prospect in that he possesses a very noticeable skillset with the “eye test”. However, he has yet to put up significant offensive totals in the last few seasons. That said, he is a rookie who manages to be a key driver on a Timrå squad that is severely lacking offensive punch. Since being promoted from the Allsvenskan to the SHL, Timrå is without their top four scorers from last season. This has forced Hållander into a prominent role in the power play ‘bumper’ spot and is further utilized when Coach Fredrik Andersson needs a goal in the last minutes of a game. Watching him over the course of a few games, it is apparent he possesses a quick first step and catches opponents off guard with his ability to dart around the offensive zone using his edges. Where he really stands out, however, is using his body to get inside positioning in and around the opponent’s net. With a fairly lanky frame at around 6’ and 180lbs, he definitely has room to bulk up and develop a further degree of strength. This, despite already spending much of his game driving the net and creating Grade A chances near the crease. He possesses strong hockey IQ in this facet of his game and is often flying by the net for a tip or moving screen as shots come through from the point. After a five-game pointless streak, Hållander appears to be finding a more “mature” game in the SHL with seven points in his last nine games. If he can continue to stay off the perimeter and make a living in front of, and around the net, long-term Hållander projects as a serviceable top-six winge