2017–18 SHL season
League Flag of Sweden Swedish Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
Duration September 2017 – April 2018
Regular season
Season champions Växjö Lakers
Top scorer Elias Pettersson (Växjö)
Playoffs
Playoffs MVP Elias Pettersson
[[|]] champions Växjö Lakers
  Runners-up Skellefteå AIK

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The 2017–18 SHL season was the 43rd season of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL). The season began in September 2017, and the regular season ended in March 2018, to be followed by the Swedish Championship playoffs, as well as relegation playoffs. The league consisted of 14 teams. The only new addition for this season was Mora IK, who replaced Leksands IF after defeating them in the 2017 SHL qualifiers.[1]

Regular season[edit | edit source]

Standings[edit | edit source]

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Statistics[edit | edit source]

Scoring leaders[edit | edit source]

List shows the ten best skaters based on the number of points during the regular season. If two or more skaters are tied (i.e. same number of points, goals and played games), all of the tied skaters are shown.

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GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/– = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
Flag of Sweden Pettersson, EliasElias Pettersson Växjö Lakers 44 24 32 56 +27 14
Flag of the United States Lasch, RyanRyan Lasch Frölunda HC 49 15 40 55 +4 18
Flag of Sweden Lindström, JoakimJoakim Lindström Skellefteå AIK 46 16 34 50 +17 63
Flag of Sweden Lindholm, PärPär Lindholm Skellefteå AIK 49 18 29 47 +18 28
Flag of Sweden Ryno, JohanJohan Ryno Färjestad BK 46 9 37 46 +13 28
Flag of Sweden Axelsson, DickDick Axelsson Färjestad BK 48 21 24 45 +8 44
Flag of the United States Palushaj, AaronAaron Palushaj Brynäs IF 51 19 26 45 –3 42
Flag of Sweden Olofsson, VictorVictor Olofsson Frölunda HC 50 27 16 43 +1 8
Flag of Sweden Möller, OscarOscar Möller Skellefteå AIK 49 18 24 42 +15 6
Flag of Canada Calof, AndrewAndrew Calof Växjö Lakers 52 24 17 41 +17 14

Leading goaltenders[edit | edit source]

These are the leaders in GAA among goaltenders who played at least 40% of the team's minutes. The table is sorted by GAA, and the criteria for inclusion are bolded.

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GP = Games Played; TOI = Time On Ice (minutes); GA = Goals Against; SO = Shutouts; Sv% = Save Percentage; GAA = Goals Against Average

Player Team GP TOI GA SO Sv% GAA
Flag of Sweden Reideborn, AdamAdam Reideborn Djurgårdens IF 30 1817:38 48 2 93.70 1.58
Flag of Sweden Lindvall, GustafGustaf Lindvall Skellefteå AIK 21 1256:33 38 2 93.04 1.81
Flag of Sweden Fasth, ViktorViktor Fasth Växjö Lakers 33 1937:13 65 6 91.78 2.01
Flag of Sweden Lassinantti, JoelJoel Lassinantti Luleå HF 34 1923:30 68 4 91.46 2.12
Flag of Sweden Mattsson, JohanJohan Mattsson Frölunda HC 24 1296:53 48 2 91.41 2.22
Flag of Sweden Eriksson, JoacimJoacim Eriksson Djurgårdens IF 24 1343:03 51 2 91.27 2.28
Flag of Sweden Gustavsson, JonasJonas Gustavsson Linköpings HC 36 2047:10 80 3 91.63 2.34
Flag of Sweden Alsenfelt, OscarOscar Alsenfelt Malmö Redhawks 36 2090:31 82 2 91.48 2.35
Flag of Norway Haugen, LarsLars Haugen Färjestad BK 31 1794:26 71 1 91.53 2.37
Flag of Finland Ortio, JoniJoni Ortio Skellefteå AIK 31 1846:33 74 2 91.14 2.40

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Ten teams qualify for the playoffs. Teams 1–6 have a bye to the quarterfinals, while teams 7–10 meet each other in a preliminary playoff round.[4]

Playoff bracket[edit | edit source]

In the first round the 7th-ranked team will meet the 10th-ranked team and the 8th-ranked team will meet the 9th-ranked team for a place in the second round. In the second round, the top-ranked team will meet the lowest-ranked winner of the first round, the 2nd-ranked team will face the other winner of the first round, the 3rd-ranked team will face the 6th-ranked team, and the 4th-ranked team will face the 5th-ranked team. In the third round, the highest remaining seed is matched against the lowest remaining seed. In each round the higher-seeded team is awarded home advantage. In the first round the meetings are played as best-of-three series and the rest is best-of-seven series that follows an alternating home team format: the higher-seeded team will play at home for games 1 and 3 (plus 5 and 7 if necessary), and the lower-seeded team will be at home for game 2 and 4 (plus 6 if necessary).[4]

  Wild-card round Quarter-finals Semi-finals Finals
                                     
  1 Växjö Lakers 4  
10 Brynäs IF 1  
7 Luleå HF 1     1 Växjö Lakers 4  
10 Brynäs IF 2     6 Malmö Redhawks 0  
2 Djurgårdens IF 4
  9 Linköpings HC 1  
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first and second round)   1 Växjö Lakers 4
  5 Skellefteå AIK 0
  3 Frölunda HC 2  
6 Malmö Redhawks 4  
8 HV71 0     2 Djurgårdens IF 2
9 Linköpings HC 2     5 Skellefteå AIK 4  
4 Färjestad BK 2
  5 Skellefteå AIK 4  

Round of 16[edit | edit source]

The teams ranked 7 and 10, and the teams ranked 8 and 9, respectively, will face each other in a best-of-three series in order to qualify for the quarter-finals. The better-ranked teams in the two series will receive home advantage, i.e. two home games, if necessary. The two winners will take the two remaining quarter-final spots.

(7) Luleå HF vs. (10) Brynäs IF[edit | edit source]

Brynäs IF won series 2–1


(8) HV71 vs. (9) Linköpings HC[edit | edit source]

Linköpings HC won series 2–0


Quarter-finals[edit | edit source]

(1) Växjö Lakers vs. (10) Brynäs IF[edit | edit source]

Växjö Lakers won series 4–1


(2) Djurgårdens IF vs. (9) Linköpings HC[edit | edit source]

Djurgårdens IF won series 4–1


(3) Frölunda HC vs. (6) Malmö Redhawks[edit | edit source]

Malmö Redhawks won series 4–2


(4) Färjestad BK vs. (5) Skellefteå AIK[edit | edit source]

Skellefteå AIK won series 4–2


Semi-finals[edit | edit source]

(1) Växjö Lakers vs. (6) Malmö Redhawks[edit | edit source]

Växjö Lakers won series 4–0


(2) Djurgårdens IF vs. (5) Skellefteå AIK[edit | edit source]

Skellefteå AIK won series 4–2


Finals[edit | edit source]

(1) Växjö Lakers vs. (5) Skellefteå AIK[edit | edit source]

Växjö Lakers won series 4–0


Statistics[edit | edit source]

Playoff scoring leaders[edit | edit source]

List shows the ten best skaters based on the number of points during the playoffs. If two or more skaters are tied (i.e. same number of points, goals and played games), all of the tied skaters are shown. Updated as of April 22, 2018.[5]
GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/– = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
Flag of Sweden Elias Pettersson Växjö Lakers 13 10 9 19 +17 4
Flag of Sweden Robert Rosén Växjö Lakers 10 8 6 14 +16 6
Flag of Sweden Oscar Möller Skellefteå AIK 16 8 5 13 +5 6
Flag of Sweden Pär Lindholm Skellefteå AIK 16 6 5 11 +2 16
Flag of Sweden Markus Ljungh Djurgårdens IF 11 4 7 11 +4 4
Flag of Sweden Eric Martinsson Växjö Lakers 13 3 8 11 +15 18
Flag of Finland Tuomas Kiiskinen Växjö Lakers 13 4 6 10 +16 6
Flag of Sweden Patrik Lundh Djurgårdens IF 11 2 8 10 +4 2
Flag of Canada Brendan Shinnimin Växjö Lakers 13 2 8 10 +5 30
Flag of Sweden Jonathan Pudas Skellefteå AIK 16 0 10 10 +1 8

Playoff leading goaltenders[edit | edit source]

These are the leaders in GAA and save percentage among goaltenders who played at least 40% of the team's minutes. The table is sorted by GAA, and the criteria for inclusion are bolded. Updated as of April 22, 2018.[6]

GP = Games Played; TOI = Time On Ice (minutes); GA = Goals Against; SO = Shutouts; Sv% = Save Percentage; GAA = Goals Against Average

Player Team GP TOI GA SO Sv% GAA
Fasth, Viktor Flag of Sweden Viktor Fasth Växjö Lakers 9 502:45 12 3 93.41 1.43
Gunnarsson, Jonas Flag of Sweden Jonas Gunnarsson Malmö Redhawks 6 368:16 9 1 94.74 1.47
Ortio, Joni Flag of Finland Joni Ortio Skellefteå AIK 14 911:30 38 1 92.13 2.50
Gustafsson, Johan Flag of Sweden Johan Gustafsson Frölunda HC 6 353:24 15 0 88.81 2.55
Reideborn, Adam Flag of Sweden Adam Reideborn Djurgårdens IF 10 663:01 29 0 89.61 2.62
Gustavsson, Jonas Flag of Sweden Jonas Gustavsson Linköpings HC 5 317:17 14 0 91.86 2.65
Haugen, Lars Flag of Norway Lars Haugen Färjestad BK 6 300:28 14 0 92.22 2.80

SHL awards[edit | edit source]

Guldhjälmen: Joakim Lindström, Skellefteå AIK
Guldpucken: William Karlsson, Vegas Golden Knights
Honken Trophy: Viktor Fasth, Växjö Lakers
Håkan Loob Trophy: Victor Olofsson, Frölunda HC
Rookie of the Year: Elias Pettersson, Växjö Lakers
Salming Trophy: Lawrence Pilut, HV71
Stefan Liv Memorial Trophy: Elias Pettersson, Växjö Lakers
Guldpipan: Mikael Nord

References[edit | edit source]

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