Rangers Swedish Prospect update including injury news
We start this recap at the lower level with Allsvenskan, where 2 defenseman Calle Själin and Jacob Ragnarsson played 2 games. Ragnarsson and his team Almtuna had the best week they could have asked for with 2 overtime wins over Karlskrona and Västervik.
Leksands, the team Calle Själin plays for, beat Tingsryd 0-4 on Friday. With these results, Almtuna is now tied in points with Tingsryd but they hold the head-to-head tiebreaker. With only 2 games to go in the season, things will go down to the wire and this Friday we will know if Almtuna managed to survive. Ragnarsson played an average of of 14:11, and was -1.
Calle Själin played just 1 game this week, on Wednesday against AIK. In a 4-2 loss, Själin had to leave the game early and was later that evening diagnosed with a concussion.
Unlucky for the kid who signed a contract extension with Leksands earlier this week. We wish him a speedy recovery. His team needs him in their battle for promotion. Själin played 16:51 against AIK on the top-pair until he left the game in the 2nd period.
In the SHL, Nils Lundkvist and his team Luleå won 3 out of 3 and reclaimed the top spot in the league after Färjestad dropped points. Lundkvist played all 3 games, but left the 3rd game on Saturday, against Timrå, early. He crashed hard into the boards, and had to be helped off the ice. He was taken to the hospital on Sunday for x-rays and we will likely hear an update about his injury later today.
Patrik Virta is heating up at the right moment. The 2017 draft pick has recorded 9 points in his last 13 games (5G, 4A) and is leading the surge for Örebro to sneak into the play offs. With 6 shots on goal in 3 games, and 1 goal + 1 assist, he was huge for his team in winning 2 out of their 3 games this week, only losing to Frölunda. On Saturday, he gave his team the win over Växjo with the decider in the shootout
Olof Lindbom was called up last week and was the backup for Djurgårdenin their 2-0 loss against Växjo, before being sent back to the SuperElit teamwhere Lindbom played the game on Sunday against HV71. Lindbom made 27 saves on28 shots for a .964 save percentage in a 2-1 win, which brings Djurgården towithin 1 point of HV71 who are in 2nd place only trailing Frölunda.