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Linköping: time for their first title? | Playoff preview | SSL 18/19

Linköping is traditionally very strong and proves it again and again. The team finished on 4th place in the regular season (and 4th in last season in which they they made it all the way to the semi-finals but got beaten by Falun).

Is this the year things will change? Will they finally take the title and make up for the lost final of 3 years ago and win the Swedish championships?

Before the season Linköping endured a couple of transfers – both inside and outside of the club. Key players from the main squad were lost: Gustav Fritzell, one of Linköping’s most iconic players left to play for Pixbo. However, this turned out be a trade as the club attracted Max Wahlgren from the same club – who just fell one point short of winning the point league. He turned out to be a more than capable replacement raking in points like collecting strawberries on a Summer day. Another transfer was Simon Palmén who went from Falun to Örebrö and landed this season in Linköping. Together they are leading the point chart of the team.

The team counts on a lot of young faces, too. Oscar Seth is probably the most known. He settled in Linköping’s first team after last year and keeps up with the best players. The team has very young defenders, between them the Czech talented player Ondřej Němeček stands tall – as this his first whole season in Sweden after being on loan for Pixbo the final half of last season. Although the defense is very young it belongs to the very top of the league and in that we cannot underestimate the contribution of Matěj Jendřišák who was last year voted Center of the Year. Even though this year he isn’t scoring that much and is less visible than in past years, he continues to help the team with his leadership qualities and game sense.

Whether they are strong enough to make it to the finals and win it remains to be seen. However, the rock-solid squad has a more than decent chance to take their first SSL title in the club’s history.

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