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05-08-2013, 12:40 PM
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Originally Posted by nikitadreivier View Post
Hey guys, thank you a lot for your help and for the good wishes.
I think for the next season I will consider to play in Sweden next season to make sure my skills get good enough to play in Canada or USA, because I hear that the really practice a lot in Sweden. Of curse it would be nice tooif I could play in the seniors somewhen.

Could you say me what you mean with the finish junior A? Do you mean the finish u20 to top league(like the j20 super elit)or the finish u20 second league like the j20 elit?

Yes I think the only oppurtunity to get to know what the hockey is like in Sweden is to attent the try-out camps.

Could you tell me something about the comparison between the german u18 league, the DNL and the swedish u18 top league the j18 elit? A german team ( eisbären berlin juniors ) attended the swedish hockey trophy including 4 swedish j18 elit league and finished the second place. I just cant believe that a german team is on the same level as some teams from the swedish top u18 league.You know something about that?

thank you for your answers !
J18 Elit is technically the highest U18 level, but after New Year's the league is divided. The 20 top teams go to what's called J18 Allsvenskan(South & North divisions) and the other ~30 teams play a continuation series(North/South/East/West divisions) mainly to avoid relegation. To start the season you have juniors from division 2(tier 4) clubs playing against juniors from SEL clubs. As an example Brynäs had a +103 goal differential in their J18 Elit division, and in J18 Allsvenskan they only had +14. There's two very different levels of competition before New Year's and after.

The best U18 players are also almost strictly playing in J20, making the J18 teams weaker. It's really only in the J18 playoffs you get to see stacked teams with top prospects.

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