SM-gold hero Linus Söderström ready for Skellefteå

SM-gold hero Linus Söderström ready for Skellefteå

Strauss Mann has moved on to the San Jose Sharks in the NHL for next season.

Replacing him is 25-year-old Värmdö-born Linus Söderström, who has played in Ässet in Pori the past two seasons.

- It feels cool, and I'm looking forward to the opportunity. I have always had respect for Skellefteå, for the way they work and what they have achieved over time. It will be great to come up and be part of the organization next season, says Linus Söderström. Read the full interview at the link

Calm and collected

After the 2017 Swedish Championship gold medal and the following season, when Fredrik Pettersson Wentzel took back the spot as first goalie in HV71, he tried to break into the New York Islanders for two seasons.

- Linus Söderström is a well-educated and calm goalie who makes it very easy. He is relatively experienced despite his age. He has won a national championship gold medal, played in two World Cups and played in North America. He has done well in Finland in a team that has had a tough time in the league, says goalkeeping coach Krister Holm.

HV71 has signed former Skellefteå goalkeeper Joni Ortio.

Four players to the NHL

Also ready for Skellefteå for next season are defensemen Arvid Lundholm (Växjö) and Anton Olsson (Malmö) and forwards Max Lindholm (AIK) and Pär Lindholm (Bars Kazan).

In addition to Strauss Mann, the following players have gone to the NHL: Adam Wilsby (Nashville Predators), Linus Karlsson (Vancouver Canucks), Filip Roos (Chicago Blackhawks).

Also leaving are Michael Kapla (Rögle), Stefan Loibl (Mannheim) and Jayce Hawryluk (club to be announced). Read other news from the world of sports at the link Among the players still in doubt are Joakim Lindström and Melker Karlsson.