2012 Swedish Hockey standings: NHL player-less teams lead both leagues in SEL

Bruce Bennett

Having an NHL player on your roster may not matter at all. In Hockey Allsvenskan, the Orebro HK is in first place out of 14 teams. In Elitserien, HV71 is first out of 12 teams. Both clubs have no locked-out NHL players on the roster.

It's still early in the Swedish Elite League, but some NHL'ers are having an impact. On Djurgarden of the Hockey Allsvenskan League, Colorado Avalanche wunderkind Gabriel Landeskog has 4 goals, 2 assists for 6 points and is a plus-2 in 4 games played. His teammate is Sharks defenseman Douglar Murray. Murray isn't off to the same kind of start Landeskog is. In 6 games, Murray has 1 assist, 2 penalty minutes and is a minus-1.

Hockey Allsvenskan (Top Tier - Swedish Elite League)

Team GP W L OTW OTL Points
Orebro HK 7 5 1 1 0 17
IF Troja Ljungby 7 4 1 1 1 15
IK Oskarshamn 7 5 2 0 0 15
Leksand IF 7 4 1 0 2 14
BIK Karlskoga 7 4 3 0 0 12
VIK Vasteras HK** 7 3 3 1 0 11
Djurgarden IF** 7 3 3 0 1 10
IF Malmo Redhawks 7 3 3 0 1 10
Mora IK* 7 2 3 2 0 10
Asploven HC 6 3 3 0 0 9
Ha 7 2 4 1 0 8
Karlskrona HK 7 2 5 0 0 6
Almtuna IS 6 1 4 0 1 4
Sodertalje SK** 7 1 6 0 0 3
* Denotes number of NHL players on team

Cody Franson of the Toronto Maple Leafs is the highest ranking NHL-er on 4th place Brynas IF. That doesn't mean he's any good. In 4 games played, the only stat that's not zero is his minus-4. St. Louis Blues forward Alexander Steen has the best stats of all the NHL players in the Elitserien. While playing for Modo, Steen has 5 goals, 9 assists, 18 penalty minutes and is a plus-5 in 11 games.

Elitserien (Second Top Tier - Swedish Elite League)

Team GP W L OTW OTL Points
HV71 10 6 2 2 0 22
Skelleftea AIK 10 6 3 0 1 19
Lulea HF 10 5 3 2 0 19
Brynas IF* 10 4 2 3 1 19
MODO Hockey* 10 5 1 0 4 19
Farjestads BK 10 4 3 2 1 17
Linkopings HC 9 5 3 0 1 16
Frolunda HC* 11 3 6 1 1 12
Timra IK 9 1 3 3 2 11
Rogle BK 10 3 7 0 0 9
AIK 10 2 5 0 3 9
Vaxjo Lakers HC 11 1 7 2 1 8
* Denotes number of NHL players on team

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