Swedish Report

by Peter Westermark
on

Regular Season ends in Sweden

The playoffs started Sunday in Sweden and for the first time Swedish
teams are playing a best of seven series in the quarterfinals. What might
seem odd is that while the quarterfinals are best of seven, the semis and
the finals are only best of five. The idea of making the quarterfinals a
best of seven series instead of a best of five doesn’t have anything to do
with making sure that the best team wins; this format was implemented so
that clubs can get an extra home-date and make some extra money. Well, the
fans seem to enjoy the slightly altered format so best of seven is probably
here to stay.

As usual in Sweden, the season ended along with some controversy.
Frölunda coach Tommy Boustedt openly critisized the charismatic but
controversial chairman of the Swedish Hockey Association Rickard Fagerlund
saying that he scared away quality coaches from the National Team with his
way of doing business, i.e. talking to people through the media instead of
talking to them eye to eye. Boustedt certainly has a point here, and it
seems that most Elitserien coaches are supporting him in his critisism of
Fagerlund, although none had the balls to openly stand up beside him.

Elitserien Veterans to be drafted again this year

The now yearly drafting of Europeans veterans who teams think can step Read more»

A look at the prospects playing in AIK

by pbadmin
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Forsberg, Anger, Enblom, Tallinder, Sandstrom, Lundstrom — Profiles, stats
and comments on how they are doing this season and their chances of playing in
the NHL

Jonas Forsberg

Position: Goalie, Born: 1975, Height: 5-10, Weight: 175

Drafted: 9/1993 (210 overall) by San Jose

Current Stats: GP: 19, GAA: 3.06, SVS%: 89.19

Forsberg who once was a very promising goalie has had some rigid seasons
behind him. He has always got enough of ice-time but he has been very uneven.
Some games Forsberg was incredible and other nights terrible. He is currently
playing his 2 nd season with AIK and he’s the starting goalie. Last year he
shared the job with Mattias Pettersson but now he is the nr.1 goalie. This
season Forsberg has been acting more solid than ever and it appears like his
development is continuing. But still he is considered as a longshot when it
comes to making a name for him self in the NHL.

Per-Anton Lundstrom

Position: Defenseman, Born: 1977, Height: 6-2, Weight: 188

Drafted: 3/1996 (62 overall) by Phoenix

Current Stats: GP: 28, G: 3, A: 4, P: 7, PIM: 26

Just like goalie Jonas Forsberg, this guy has had some difficulties with his
development, the past seasons. Per-Anton was a great prospect when he was a
junior player with MoDo. Phoenix “saw” his skills and drafted him in the 3 rd
round in the NHL draft in 96. The same year (96/97) Lundstrom had a terrible Read more»

Swedish prospect update

by Johan Nilsson
on

Prospect Watch – round 29

>>>>>Prospect of the round< <<<<

Samuel Pahlsson, MoDo

Samuel who’s drafted by Colorado and will most likely play with the Colorado
Avalanche next season, had a great game against Leksand. MoDo had two
successful lines, the Sedins together with Anders Soderberg and Samuel
Pahlsson together with tough guy Magnus Wernblom and Boston draftee Matias
Karlin. Pahlsson played outstanding and showed some great offensive talents.
He scored to fine goals and delivered a great pass to Wernblom that resulted
in a goal.


# Player Team Drafted by G A TP
1 Samuel Pahlsson MoDo Colorado 2 1 3
2 Magnus Nilsson Malmo Detroit 2 0 2
3 Daniel Sedin MoDo Vancouver 1 1 2
4 Pierre Hedin MoDo Toronto 1 1 2
5 Henrik Sedin MoDo Vancouver 0 2 2
6 Henrik Malmstrom Malmo 0 2 2
7 Anders Soderberg MoDo Boston 1 0 1
8 Henrik Andersson Linkoping 1 0 1
9 Pelle Prestberg Farjestad Anaheim 0 1 1
10 Toivu Suursoo Malmo Detroit 0 1 1


Elitserien round 29 - 1/6/2000



Brynas vs Frolunda 4-1
BRY: Roger Kyro 2, Daniel Olsson, Jan Larsson
FRO: Pasi Saarela

Linkoping vs Lulea 3-2
LIN: Henrik Andersson, Mike Helber, Peter Casparsson
LUL: Tomas Berglund 2

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Reflections on the World Junior Championships 2000

by Lasse Johansson
on

The Czech Republic won their first ever
World Junior Championships gold medal after beating Russia in the penalty shootout
following a scoreless and pretty boring game.

Team Ukraine (10th place, relegated):

The Ukrainian team was packed with small players, and relied heavily on technique, skating and goalkeeping. Goalkeeper Vadim Seleverstov really stood out in the first relegation game against Slovakia, but displayed an unconsistent play in the other games. He is also very small and has probably had his fifteen minutes of hockey fame. The defenders didn’t play with maturity, often making simple mistakes in their own zone leading to a scoring opportunity for the opposing team. Denis Isaenko and Evgeny Pisarenko were the two most physical defensemen, and the two most suited for play in the NHL. Artem Gnidenko scored the goal of the tournament against Slovakia, when he in the final stages of the game scored a goal very similar to the one scored by Khlebnikov against Canada. Defender Alexander Skorohod, born in 1983 was the most interesting player in the Ukranian team.

Stars: Vadim Seleverstov G – Denis Isaenko D

Team Slovakia (9th place):

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WJC observations

by Peter Westermark
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I was impressed by the smarts and the work-ethic of Canadian winger Chris Neilsen. He is very versatile, gives his all for the team and doesn’t ignore any part of the game. 16-year-old defenseman Jay Bouwmeester certainly looks like someone who can evolve into a world-class player. It is very rare that a player who’s 6’4″ can be such a magnificent skater.


Jason Spezza also looked good in the spot duty he got and in hindsight maybe he should have got all the icetime Mike Ribeiro, who was very disappointing, got. Josef Vasicek was a more consistent contributor that Milan Kraft, and deserved the All-Star nod ahead of the more inconsistent Kraft. The choice of Rick DiPietro as best goalie was right on. He was very solid, a true star in this tournament.

Of the 2000-prospects, Marian Gaborik shined, but also his smart all-round center Tomas Kopecky. Dany Heatley will surely be a high-pick in Calgary this summer. He looked better than highly-touted Jamie Lundmark and Mark Bell, picked 11th and 8th respectively, did. Heatley can put the puck in the net and has a deadly shot.

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