It’s still 9 weeks left and a lot can happen in this time but it’s time for a list of who we think the SSL regular season will end! Do you agree?
Picture: Michael Carlsson14. Lindås
If we look at the strength of the current SSL competition and the composition of the teams, it feels like newcomers Lindås couldn’t have picked a worse season to enter the SSL. It will be a very tough season for them and their first goal is probably to stay away from relegation.
Had a tough season last year after a very solid start. However, the list of players who are leaving (most notably, Simon Palmén and Joel Kanebjörk) is very long and the list of players going in is very short. With Simon Jirebeck, the team has a great captain but it’s unlikely he can carry his team towards a third year in the SSL.
Sirius had to let go of one of the world’s best goalkeepers at the start of last season, Jarno Ihme. At the end of last season, a lot of key players retired including Niklas Wallén, Peter Berlin, and icon Dan Johansson. Even worse, Carl Kostov-Bredberg who has national team experience is on a leave to Switzerland. A lot of interesting young talented players came back but they are inexperienced and a lot of the experienced players are not there, someone they could learn from. It will be a very tough season and it’s not unlikely the team will have to relegate at the end of the season.
Höllvikens have had a solid season and will probably have a solid season again. The team is not easy to beat but just misses the punch to make it through a play-off spot. One or two strong transfers could make a lot of difference but the club’s motto ‘Really ordinary stars’ may prevent this.
10. FC Helsingborg
Helsingborg has always been a team that ends up in the lower ranks of the play-off area but this year this may change. With a couple of strong players leaving, Mika Kohonen, Nico Salo, and Petri Hakonen, and Juha Kivilehto who moved back at the start of this year already, it will be a tough season for the team. There is still a lot of routine left but a playoff spot may be too much to ask.
Another team that dropped a couple of good names (Jim Johansson, Marcus Berglund and Patrik Rokka). If we look at last season, it’s clear the team really needed to increase their offensive capabilities but unfortunately their transfer season wasn’t that impressive. Like Helsingborg, there is still a lot of routine in the team for a good run but it is not unlikely it will fall short for a playoff spot.
8. FBC Kalmarsund
High expectation for FBC Kalmarsund who not only have star player Kim Nilsson in their team but also transferred national team experienced center Simon Palmén from Örebro. It will be a lot of fun watching this team compete in the SSL. A surprising 8th place is within their grasps.
Last year’s newcomer Jönköping has played a strong season after a weak start. This year it’s time for them to shine and take it to the next level. They gained a lot of confidence they may be able to transform into a playoff spot.
Växjö has been playing in the SSL for over 5 years now and never missed a playoff spot. Truly impressive. A goalkeeper is incredibly important in floorball and world’s best goalkeeper Eero Kosonen left them as well as passing genius Filip Kjellsson. However, under the enthusiastic wings of head coach Niklas Nordén, it’s likely they will reach a playoff spot.
Photo: Per Wiklund5. Pixbo
Pixbo usually does really well in the regular season and this year will be no different. With Andreas Stefansson and Gustav Fritzell in their line-up, the team is set for a good spot!
A fine transfer season with Swiss passing magician Tim Braillard and a solid back in Joel Dagman brings a breath of fresh air to the squad. However, the losses are not light as they lost David Gillek, their veteran captain, Petter van Keppel, one of their strong centers, and Benjamin Löfdahl, probably the best ‘unknown’ goalkeeper of the SSL.
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Linköping didn’t have a bad transfer season. They let go of some good players (Eric Björk and Gustav Fritzell) and got a couple of good players in return (Simon Palmén and Max Wahlgren). The team has always done a very good job of delivering. It’s perhaps not the most exciting team but there is definitely some class in their solidness.
Falun transferred some incredible names (Eric Björk, Adam Colling and Johan Samuelsson) and Simon Cederström and Thomas Holmgren (who has taken a time-out). It’s an incredibly exciting squad and together with Storvreta one of the big favorites to win the title.
Reigning champions Storvreta has all the material to dominate the league for another year. With a new trainer, Andreas Harnesk, who has the controls over some of world’s top players, the team is set for another Swedish gold medal. If last year’s line-up wasn’t strong enough, now they added AIK’s talent Simon Götz and national team forward/back Rasmus Sundstedt.