Tipping SHL is never an easy task, and in the seasons it’s always hopeless to try to predict a winner. In this article, we take a look at what those who are extra-interested in our dear sport think about the coming season. Which teams are fighting SM gold and who are leaving?
If you are thinking of tapping the winning team, then more research and evaluation of the different teams may be required. Keep in mind that everything can happen in hockey and even the experts have difficulty saying who will win or lose and lose their place in the highest league. Be alert to damage, shapes and dynamics between players.
THE EXPERTS BELIEVE THE FROLLY HC
Frölunda HC has been appointed by the experts as the team with the strongest starting point for the 17/18 season. It has a good team setup that plays cleverly together. There are then hopes that Växjö will be able to go a long way, as well as Malmö’s skåne team. Malmö has gradually worked up year after year and shows strong development.
KARLSKRONA, MORA AND ÖREBRO GET THROUGH
With regard to the bottom struggle and the struggle for survival, most experts are united; Karlskrona, Mora and Örebro must fight to stay in the top league.
Karlskrona is also expected to attend a tough season. Not long ago they played their first season ever in the Swedish High Court, but only managed to win five matches during the first series. Although they have strengthened the team since then, according to experts, it is not enough. It may be flipping, it can be a flop.
Either one holds a favorite team and adheres to them in the shed, but there are even those who like to hold on so-called underdogs fighting from the bottom to the top. Everything is about taste and how much you dare to risk.
Leksand & Karlskrona get it tough
In the case of the bottom struggle and the struggle for survival, most experts are united, Leksand has everything too thin troops and will be fighting for each point this year. The classic team made a small contribution last year when they surprisingly managed to climb a qualifying ground and then win against Modo in the battle for the SHL site. Nevertheless, the Dalmasians have a knapper economy that prevents them from winning enough good players to compete with the SHL team.
The second winner of last year’s kvalspel, Karlskrona, is also expected to go a tough season to meet. Last year they made their first season ever in the Swedish High Court, but only managed to win five matches during the first series. Has certainly strengthened the team, but according to experts, it’s not enough.
Brynäs, Färjestad, Örebro, HV71, Djurgården, Malmö and Rögle are teams that, according to the experts, can set themselves up for a ”mid season” where they reach the eighth finals without threatening the top ten clubs.
Should we sum up the experts’ tips, the table will look like this when the basic series is finished, and the biggest chance of gold has Skellefteå, Växjö, Linköping or Frölunda.