SHL Report: April 2021

Tomáš Zahorák




The most exciting part of the SHL season has officially begun. The first playoff rounds are now behind us, so it is the perfect time to look at the most important news and updates from the past month. We have seen wins, defeats, and all kinds of emotions behind it. Prospects went through ups and downs with their teams, so there is a lot to discuss.



In Case You Missed It


  • Lucas Raymond has signed his first NHL contract. The Red Wings’ fourth overall pick from the 2020 NHL Entry Draft agreed on a standard three-year, entry-level deal beginning with the 2021-22 season.


  • The same applies to the Devils’ seventh overall selection from the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, Alexander Holtz. The 19-year-old winger has signed a three-year, entry-level contract that kicks in in the next campaign. However, he also signed an Amateur Try-Out with Binghamton, Devils’ AHL team, for the remainder of this season.


  • The third player that has recently signed his first NHL contract is the Jets prospect, Simon Lundmark. Winnipeg’s second-round pick from the 2019 NHL Entry Draft agreed on a three-year, entry-level deal that kicks in in the 2021-22 season.


  • Karl Henriksson (NYR) and Oskar Bäck (DAL) have signed their three-year, entry-level deals as well. Both of them begin in the 2021-22 campaign.


  • Red Wings prospect Moritz Seider, has been nominated for the SHL’s Defenseman of the Year Award. The other two finalists are Jesse Virtanen (Färjestad BK) and Joel Persson (Växjö Lakers).



  • Sabres’ fifth-round selection from the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, Filip Cederqvist, has signed a contract with Djurgården IF that runs through the 2022-23 campaign. The 20-year-old forward spent the last season in Tingsryds AIF in HockeyAllsvenskan. He appeared in 51 outings and recorded nine goals and 36 points.


  • Joe Veleno is currently practicing in Detroit, as his tenure with Malmö Redhawks already ended after the first round of this year’s playoffs. Veleno played in 46 contests for the club from the third-largest city in Sweden and tallied 11 goals and 20 points.




Player Reports


Fredrik Karlström, LW, Växjö Lakers HC (Dallas Stars)

Karlström is just shining in the playoffs. He timed his best form of the season perfectly and now is one of the most crucial players on the team. He has been showing gre