SHL Report: May 2021

Tomáš Zahorák




It has been a great past eight or so months, but the 46th SHL season is now over, and we got to know the new champion. Växjö Lakers with prospects Pontus Holmberg, Jack Drury and Fredrik Karlström defeated Rögle BK in five games and raised the Le Mat Trophy above their heads. It is Växjö’s third win in the history of the league. The organization also accomplished this goal in 2015 and then in 2018.

The Lakers were the best team after the regular season, but they kept grinding until the end and won it all more than deservedly. Rögle fell just short, even though they also had a great group of guys on the team. It was a good battle, and the NHL prospects on both sides showed great potential. Let us take a quick look at how they and other SHL prospects performed under the playoff pressure.

This is the last report from the 2020-21 season, so I hope you will enjoy it!



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  • It has been a pretty busy few days for former Växjö goaltender Erik Källgren. A week after he won the SHL with the Lakers, he signed a two-year contract with Frölunda. However, just a couple of days ago, he inked his first two-year, two-way, entry-level NHL deal with the Maple Leafs. It may sound surprising, but it is possible to get out of the SHL contract to sign in the NHL before June 15th. The 24-year-old Swede recorded a fantastic .930 save percentage in ten playoff contests. In 21 regular-season outings, he registered a .911 save percentage with a record of 12 wins and nine losses.


  • Källgren is not the only goalie that drew the attention of NHL teams. The Blackhawks were also fishing in the Swedish waters, and they caught six-foot-three inches tall fish named Arvid Söderblom. The older brother of the Red Wings prospect Elmer Söderblom signed a two-year, two-way, entry-level deal with the Original Six organization. You can read more about him further in the article.