Photo: Frolunda Indians forward and Montreal Canadiens prospect Artturi Lehkonen has nearly equaled his point total from the 2014-15 season through the first third of the 2015-16 campaign (courtesy of Sheffield Steelers/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)
The first Swedish Hockey League (SHL) notebook of the 2015-16 season includes a look at the top teams in the league through early season action, plus the highlighting of some significant contributions from NHL prospects or players that could become NHL property before too long. Read more»
Photo: Teammates during the 2014-15 season, Farjestad forward and Minnesota Wild prospect Joel Eriksson Ek (L) and Lulea forward Toni Rajala (R) now are on opposing teams in 2015-16, with Farjestad and Lulea both being among the top clubs in the SHL (courtesy of Farjestad Karlstad/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)
Parts one and two covered the teams ranked sixth through 14th in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) for the 2015-16 season. Now, part three of this Hockey’s Future season preview looks at the top five teams in the SHL, as ranked by HF. The top five includes 2014-15 league champion, the Vaxjo Lakers, as well as perennial contender Skelleftea. Vaxjo defeated Skelleftea in the finals last season to take the SHL championship. Read more»
Photo: Skelleftea AIK defenseman and Anaheim Ducks prospect Tim Heed is currently second in scoring among SHL defensemen with 28 points in 42 games (courtesy of Lulea Hockey/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)
The 2014-15 SHL season has made it through the holiday season and is heading down the final stretch, as roughly 75 percent of the games have been played to date. This is the time of the year when many clubs exchange a few parts, bring up juniors to fill in for injuries, and in some cases, watch as their young men represent Sweden at the WJC. Read more»
Photo: MODO forward and 2014 prospect William Nylander enters the 2014 NHL Draft as a top 10 prospect accodring to most scouting services (courtesy of Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
The trend in recent years that has seen the number of Swedish born and raised players chosen by NHL teams at the NHL Draft has continued to grow and serve as proof that the nation of Sweden is currently one ofthe top developers of hockey talent on the planet.
Photo: Carolina Hurricanes forward Elias Lindholm is one of several NHL prospects to be a part of Sweden’s roster taking part in the 2014 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)
After the heroics provided by current Ottawa Senators forward Mika Zibanejad at the 2012 World Junior Championship, when he broke in alone on Team Russia’s net in overtime and deked out Russian goalie Andrey Makarov to decide the tournament in Sweden’s favor, Team Sweden faced a pre-tournament rash of injuries on its way to Ufa in 2013. The team nonetheless went about gaining a silver medal against a USA squad that has become somewhat of a nemesis at various international levels in recent years. Now, Sweden's 2014 WJC entry is entering the tournament, hosted by the country’s third largest city of Malmö, with only one goal on its mind: taking gold on its home turf.