Standout performers from Sweden’s national playoffs
Plenty of players stood out during Sweden’s U16 National Championship Tournament, which concluded last week with Brynäs IF defeating heavy favorite Täby HC in the final by a score of 7-2.
2007 All-Tournament Forwards
Theo Stockselius was one of the most dependable scorers for Täby. Ending as the leading scorer among all skaters with eight goals and 19 points, he was a consistent source of offense. Playing in all situations, he collected six points on the power play while also adding four game-winning goals to his resume. Despite falling short in the championship game, Stockselius was arguably the best player at the tournament.
Whenever Noa Bräutigam was on the ice for the Växjö Lakers, good things usually followed. His ability to drive play was a large reason why goals usually piled up in the opponent’s net rather than Växjö’s when he was on the ice, resulting in his plus-12 rating. Known more for his playmaking ability, Bräutigam assisted on 11 goals, which led all players. By chipping in six goals as well, he finished fourth in overall points with 16.
No other player had the ability to find the back of the net like Albin Laksonen for Växjö. Equipped with an accurate shot, no goalie was able to prevent themselves from becoming a victim of Laksonen’s potent scoring prowess. He finished with 10 goals and seven assists to lead the Lakers in total points.
2007 All-Tournament Defensemen
Karl Annborn and Justus Ehrnström both acted as fourth forwards for their respective teams at the tournament, each racking up nine points along with MoDo Hockey’s Erik Häggblad to lead all defensemen. Ehrnström brought size to the blue line, towering at six-foot-two and using a long reach to prevent opponents any time or space to set up an attack. Annborn managed to avoid any penalty minutes across six games, while Ehrnström was only penalized once.
2007 All-Tournament Goaltender
William Forsberg played the most minutes of any goaltender, starting all eight games for Brynäs. In those starts, he compiled the second-best goals-against average (2.50) and third-best save percentage (.916) in the tournament. In the championship game, he made 31 saves, including 13 in the third period alone to backstop his club to its first-ever Sweden national championship. He was named tournament MVP as well.