Linköping J20 have lost some important players, not only due to age but also to NA junior leagues such as Malte Strömwall and Albin Blomqvist - two players who otherwise would have been key players for LHC J20 this season. Still there's some offensive fire power with Victor Crus-Rydberg, Joachim Nermark and former prodigy Victor Öhman for example. Defense is looking a little bit weaker but goalie Marcus Högberg is one of the top swedish goalie prospects and played a few J20 games last season though being a late -94.
This team should be able to reach topp-8 but J20 SuperElit Södra will be tougher this year with Färjestad re-entering the division and Växjö looking to be serious with their campaign. Rögles golden generation should also be able to make a big difference this year before going into Hockeyallsvenskan with the seniors.
Watching the preseason game between Frölunda and Malmö, quite good for being a preseason game. 2-2 after two, Frölunda domination though, had a 'non-buzzer beater' at the end of the second period. I think Frölunda have found a gem in Mads Eller, looks really impressive.
Frölunda continued to put pressure in the offensive zone, Malmö looked really weak and didn't get out of their defensive zone for long periods of time, quickly the score ran away and all the sudden it was 6-2 to Frölunda. In the last minute of play Malmö managed to polish the numbers and scored one PP goal and quickly after the faceoff another goal to make it 6-4.
Originally Posted by Hockeyfrilla
How is Markus Søberg looking?
Kid got a nice skill set, but today he just wasn't friends with the puck. First game of the season so I'm not worried, think he'll be a fun player to follow during the year. Don't remember if he put up any points, he made a nice feed to Andreas Johnson who scored on a one timer but the clock just ran out before the puck crossed the line.
Who do you think will be the champions this year? I think Rögle will have a good chance, They have been doing very well with a very young team. When the playoffs come along hopefully Felix Maegaard Scheel will be back from injury and they can use their juniors that usually plays in Allsvenskan like Alexander Lindqvist-Hansen and Dennis Sywander.
They have very good depth with lots of players in j-18 that do very well when they get a callup to Superelit, one of the youngest team and one of the best.