Nils Höglander of Rögle BK. Photo courtesy of https://www.roglebk.se
The infamous year 2020 is almost over, and I am bringing you monthly news and prospect updates from the SHL in my November report. Even though the COVID has been striking in Sweden, and some teams were unfortunately affected by it, let’s stay positive (not in that way) and focus on hockey for a while. I hope you will enjoy it!
In case you have missed it…
- Noel Gunler, the Hurricanes second-round pick from the past draft, has moved to Brynäs IF. He was not getting a lot of opportunities in Luleå, so he has decided to leave the team and join Brynäs for a bigger role and more ice time.
- The Canadiens prospect Jacob Olofsson is another player who was struggling in his old team. He has decided to leave the SHL and joined Timrå IK from the Swedish second-tier league HockeyAllsvenskan in hopes of bouncing back and getting more ice time.
- Departures to the NHL are slowly beginning. The first players to be recalled are Isac Lundeström (ANA) and Jesper Boqvist (NJD), who both played for Timrå IK in HockeyAllsvenskan. It is probably just a matter of time until NHL teams start calling up players from the SHL as well.
- All Swedish junior leagues are done for the rest of this year. There have been several players like Zion Nybeck (CAR) and Elmer Söderblom (DET) who were sent down to the U20 league at some point during this season because of their inconsistency and lack of ice time. Right now, they are both in the SHL. It remains unclear whether they stay there and do not play much or whether their teams try to loan them to a different league until junior leagues come back in 2021. The first option, however, seems to be more likely.
Nils Höglander, RW/LW, Rögle BK (Vancouver Canucks)
We all knew that Höglander is an extremely skilled forward and a very smooth skater. He has been showing great progress and maturity in his offensive game throughout the season, which is quite apparent just by looking at his stats. Two goals and nine points in 14 outings are not bad at all, considering that his average ice time is only 13 and a half minutes per game.
However, the 19-year-old winger has been showing great improvement in the physical department as well. He has been very competitive, strong, calm, and precise with his passes, even while being under pressure from his opponents. For a better part of this season, he has been displaying that his NHL career might be closer than we think.
Moritz Seider, RHD, Rögle BK (Detroit Red Wings)
What a debut month for Seider! Two goals and seven points in his first