Odds Swedish Hockey League
There have been many eyes on the SHL this past season, with Rasmus Dahlin showing that he can hang with the much older men in Sweden’s top league. Dahlin isn’t even draft eligible for the 2017 draft, but he’s already showing that he has lots of potential, which means great things for his team.
Because of Dahlin’s incredible talent, Frolunda HC has a great chance to better their standings from this past season, and take the SHL’s league title next season. Frolunda has surrounded Dahlin with other talented, young defensemen such as Filip Westerlund, Jacob Larsson, and Jhenrik Tommernes, who lead the team in scoring. They’ve got also got some great depth at forward, which paid off handsomely in the playoffs as five different players put up 10 or more points in 13 playoff games. Their goaltending also took collective steps forward in the playoffs, with their starter Gustafsson dropping his GAA to 1.60, and upping his save percentage to .924%. At 25 years old, he’s still got many good years ahead. Not to mention, their back up, Dan Bakala played three games in those playoffs, and came through with an insane .937 SV%. All of this, coupled with Rasmus Dahlin’s potential as an 18 year-old means Frolunda will be a force in the SHL next season.
Brynas IF will have another strong showing in the SHL next season. This past year, they had three players finish in the top 10 in league scoring, all of whom are 30 years old or younger. With an average age of under 25, this team is going to continue to develop. Their defence has a good mix of young players, and older players, so there will be some good mentoring happening to keep that D moving forward. Brynas has also added veteran goaltender Anders Lindback to help stabilize their average goaltending from last season; chances are youngster Felix Sandstrom will continue to develop into a starting goaltender as well.
With only 240 games on NHL experience, Rogle BK finished near the bottom of the league last season, with a goal differential of -43. They also lost a handful of players in the offseason, so whatever positive momentum they had going forward into this season, has stalled. With subpar goaltending, less than stellar defence, and average offence, Rogle doesn’t have much of a chance at making a dent in the SHL standings, let alone the playoffs.