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01-23-2012, 08:05 PM
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Allsvenskan as a development league

I find it kind of interesting that a fair chunk of the swedish topscorers in Elitserien passed through Allsvenskan on their way there. It got me thinking that it is perhaps better for young players to develop their offense in Allsvenskan rater than developing to defense specialist playing limited minutes in Elitserien.

1. Niklas Danielsson (spent 1,5 seasons in Almtuna, turning in to a productive player as a senior)
2. Robert Rosén (Spent four seasons in Allsvenskan)
3. Richard Gynge (spent four seasons in Allsvenskan)
4. Mikael Johansson (Developed in division 1, then one season in allsvenskan)
5. Silfverberg (doesn't fit the theory)
6. Pär Arlbrandt (Spent loads of seasons in Allsvenskan)
7 Davidsson (doesn't fit the theory)
8. Simon Hjalmarsson (spent 1,5 seasons in allsvenskan, turning on to a productive player on senior level)
9. Jimmie Ericsson (played a couple of seasons in Allsvenskan)
10. Carl Söderberg (played loads of seasons in Allsvenskan)
11. Järnkrok (doesn't fit the theory)
12. Sebastian Lauritzen (Played loads of seasons in Allsvenskan)
13. Sundström (doesn't fit the theory)
14. Nikas Olausson (developed in to a productive player in Allsvenskan)
15. Ottosson (doesn't fit the theory)

Maybe it's a good move from Skellefteå to send a player like Oscar Lindberg to Allsvenskan for a while and let him develop offensively, instead of giving him fourth line minutes in SEL. Players like Cehlin, Johan Sundström, Wännström, Rohdin, Friberg et.c. could probably also do with some seasoning in a league where they could play on a offensive line and get time in PP.

The majority of the topscorers in Elitserien isn't players that started out in Elitserien and stayed there, gradually getting better and better, but not good enough for NHL, as you would think. Instead theese kind of players like for example Anton Axelsson, Björn Svensson and Andreas Molinder instead seem to get stuck in their career, not really developing.

Just a theory...

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