In the long wait between the seasons, we’ve seen some truly exciting transfers in the floorball world. FloorballToday have listed the 20 best signings of the summer, and here’s part 1 which is place 20-11!
20. Simon Götz
AIK > Storvreta
Simon Götz was together with AIK’s scoring machine Andreas Stefansson one of the most praised players in AIK who relegated from the Swedish Super League earlier this year. But already at the superfinals, the 21-year old signed with Storvreta. Götz has been mainly used as a defender in AIK but will do just as good of a job in the forward position, which is a bonus considering the stacked defenders-lineup the reigning champions have.
19. Joel Kanebjörk
Örebro > UHC Uster
After 1 season with newcomers IBF Örebro, Joel Kanebjörk will make another club- and league swap. This time it will be Swiss UHC Uster, which will be the 4th club for Kanebjörk in the last 2 years. The 1988-born center tank isn’t a reoccurring name in the Swedish national team like he used to be, but is nevertheless a class player who’ve won it all multiple times with Sweden and Storvreta.
18. Justus Kainulainen
LASB > Oilers
We all remember the performance Justus Kainulainen stood for at the Under 19 World Championships last year where he and his Finland got to raise the trophy after defeating Sweden in the final. With spectacular technique and shots, the young talent became the star of the tournament and grabbed a spot in the all-star team. With the potential to become one of the next superstars in Finland, this is a great signing by Oilers.
17. Mika Kohonen
Helsingborg > Happee
After being rumored to both Storvreta and Falun, Mika Kohonen decided to once again leave SSL and go back to his home team Happee, where it all began. The world’s greatest floorball player of all time might not be in his peak years, but his 36 points 2016/17 and 38 last season shows that he doesn’t only contribute with experience and leadership, but with actual skills on the field.
16. Martin Tokoš
Chur > Mladá Boleslav
After years spent on international soil, the Martin Tokoš came to his home country earlier this year with experience few players in the league will be able to match. The 27-year old is one of Czech Republic’s best players and will definitely be a key player when he and his countrymen are expected to deliver in December when the WFC will be held in Prague. His creativity and quick hands make him one of the world’s most see-worthy players.
15. Carl Kostov-Bredberg
Sirius > Zug United
Sirius, who’ve had a tough summer lost a bunch of important players, and perhaps the toughest loss is their defender Carl Kostov-Bredberg, who’ve decided to leave for Switzerland and Zug United. The 24-year old has years of SSL experience with Sirius and has only gotten better and better for yeach year. He’s not an Östholm-type of player who’ll score 40+ points per season, but the value he brings to the team is still huge, which is why he got to do his national team debut for Sweden about a year ago.
14. Kevin Björkström
Karlstad > Kalmarsund
As a newcomer, it’s not always easy to sign big names. Luckily for Kalmarsund, they managed to get their hands on Kevin Björkström from Karlstad IBF, the team they beat in the qualifiers. After several seasons in the top league, Björkström followed Karlstad down in Allsvenskan when they relegated in 2017. With easier opponents than what he’s used to, he produced no less than 61 points in 23 games. Season 2013/14 he played alongside Kim Nilsson in AIK, creating one of the league’s at the time best forward duos.
13. Manuel Maurer
Köniz > Växjö
After a successful season with 76 points scored in 31 games, Manuel Maurer finished 3rd in the NLA scoring league. He also scored in the Superfinal in April, which Köniz then went on to win. The 25-year old has also been a key player in the national team, who’ve had great results under David Jansson the last year, beating both Sweden and Finland. Växjö, who went from SSL finalists 2017 to going out in the quarterfinal this year are more than happy to sign a point-producing forward, which they’ve been missing after Valdemar Ahlroth left for Storvreta.
12. Ondřej Němeček
Tatran Střešovice > Linköping
One of the most promising talents in the world is 1998-born Ondřej Němeček, who despite his age already since 2016 established himself in the Czech national team. Last season he went on a temporary transfer together with Marek Beneš to Pixbo Wallenstam and got to do 5 appearances before returning back. But now he’ll join his countryman Matěj Jendrišák in Linköping, who before signing Němeček lost 2 key defenders in Eric Björk and Joel Dagman.
11. Tim Braillard
Alligator Malans > Mullsjö
After 7 seasons and 281 points in NLA, Tim Braillard was a popular choice for several SSL clubs. But eventually, he decided to go with Mullsjö with the ambition to break the Storvreta-Falun dominance and win the gold medal. He’s been a leading figure for both the Swiss national team and Alligator Malans the last years and will be just as a heavy loss for his former team as he’ll be a great addition to his next.
Stay tuned for part 2 of this article, which will be published coming days!