Nope, he retired and then about a month later returned with Luleå.
He has 2-3-5 in 2GP in the J18 Elit and 0-0-0 in 4GP at the J20 SuperElit.
All five of his points in the J18 Elit came in an 8-1 win against Kramfors-Alliansen.
Sweden have been spoiled with high end d-man talent lately, but for this draft (ironicly the "draft of the defenseman") noone has really emerged as firstround material.
However the season is still young and this is the 1994-born d-men (all more or less regulars for the National team) that has opened the season best in Superelit:
Ludvig Byström (3+2) in 6 games.
Calle Andersson (Färjestad) (1+4) in 8 games.
Niklas Folin (Frölunda) (0+5) in 8 games.
Jesper Pettersson (2+2) in 9 games.
Christian Djoos (0+3) in 5 games.
Hampus Lindholm (0+3) in 9 games.
Time will tell if someone from this group will have a breakout and move up the rankings. Byström is perhaps the guy closest to a spot in SEL.
Very few 2012-eligble swedish d-men that are playing senior hockey at a high level at the moment. Mikael Wikstrand fom Mora is a lateborn 1993 that have looked promising for a long time and play as a regular in SEL-2, but he is still waiting for a breakout.
For the 2013 draft however theres quite a few interesting d-men out of Sweden. I think first and formost on the 1995-born trio that played Ivan Hlinka allready this year, Anton Cederholm, Amil Krupic, Wilhelm Westlund. Modos 1995-born Robert Hägg also seem like a guy that produces tons wherever he plays. To add to that theres some promising lateborn 1994's with Linus Arnasson, Anton Lindholm and Tommy Stenqvist. Olivers little brother Kevin Ekman Larsson (born 1995) might also be interesting.
Last edited by cheerupmurray: 10-03-2011 at 09:49 AM.
I am hoping that with Yakupov the early candidate to go #1 that Grigorenko, Filip Forsberg and Galchenyuk all work their way into the top 5. I dont think the Oilers will finish last but with the defence we have we easily could finish in the 4-6 range. If those forwards go 1-4 then the Oilers are left to choose the best defenceman available in the draft (ir Ryan Murray/Matt Dumba/Nick Ebert)