The Brown Wizard wrote: ↑Fri Oct 02, 2020 3:37 am
What about the kid we got for Dahlen?
He is in Karlskoga, in Hockeyallsvenskan.
Hockeyallsvenskan postponed the start of the season till October, hoping that the rules regarding spectators would ease up, so the first games will be played tonight. Unfortunately a slight surge in corona case numbers has meant that the suggested 500 spectators per game allowed from Oct 1st has been pushed forward. The govt will announce on the 8th if these new rules should apply from Oct 15th instead. Till then it's just 50 people in the stands. If rules do not change, some teams are bound to go bankrupt, because whereas the SHL teams get most of their income from TV deals and sponsors, that amount of money is much smaller in Hockeyallsvenskan, so teams there depend on ticket sales to make ends meet.
Anyway, Karlskoga will face Mora at home tonight, but my focus will of course be on Björklöven vs Timrå. Those are the front runners of this league (Modo lost quite a few key players to the SHL) this season, and I'm once again hopefull that Björklöven may go all the way and get promoted to the SHL, as they almost certainly would have last season if the corona virus hadn't fucked things up.
Björklöven has faced Timrå twice in the preseason, won the first game 5-4 and lost the second 7-5. The last game ended with a line brawl after the final signal and three players from each side getting match penalties. Oh well. Based on those two games, we can expect Björklöven to score five goals, and we then just have to rely on Canadian Olympic goaltender Kevin Poulin in the crease keeping goals against to a maximum of four.
Can't wait for the puck to drop!
New update on NHL/AHL players with short term contracts in Hockeyallsvenskan:
Victor Söderström, d, Phoenix
Oliver Wahlstrom, f, NY Islanders
Filip Larsson, g, Detroit
Gustav Lindström, d, Detroit
Johan Södergran, f, Los Angeles
Tim Söderlund, f, Chicago
Carl Grundström, f, Los Angeles
Oskar Steen, f, Boston
Joel Kellman, f, San Jose
Jesper Lindgren, d, Pittsburgh
Aleksi Heponiemi, f, Florida
Filip Gustavsson, g, Ottawa
Axel Andersson, d, Anaheim
Evan Bouchard, d, Edmonton
Samuel Fagemo, f, Los Angeles
Lukas Vejdemo, f, Montreal
David Gustafsson, f, Winnipeg
Adam Werner, g, Colorado
Linus Högberg, d, Philadelphia
Simon Holmström, f, NY Islanders
Marcus Sörensen, f, San Jose
Andreas Englund, d, Ottawa
Axel Jonsson-Fjällby, f, Washington
Eetu Tuulola, f, Calgary
Rasmus Asplund, f, Buffalo