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European Prospect Update: Réway makes headlines, but not for his scoring

Joonas Nättinen returned to the ice this week, but it was Martin Reway that stole the thunder. And not for the right reasons.

HC Sparta Praha

No goals form the prospects this week, but we did see an assist from both Nygren and Lehkonen.


Joonas Nättinen, JYP

After returning form a lower-body injury, Nättinen logged over 17 minutes of ice time in a 4-0 loss to TPS, andfinished his return to the ice with a -1. The game was decided early in the second period when his teammate Jani Tuppurainen took a five-minute penalty in what appeared to be a checking to the head call, as TPS scored twice on that power play.


Lukas Vejdemo, Djurgården HC

Vejdemo has been averaging a little more than 12 minutes in his first SHL season. It is clear that the coach Hans Särkijärvi manages the young player with per-game totals anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes. He does not produce points, but he gets to learn the trade, and his rating of  minus-3 over 13 games in his first season is nothing to be ashamed of. The question now starts to be if he can make Team Sweden for the WJC; one of his goals this season.


Magnus Nygren, Färjestad BK

The captain didn't mince words in the interview during the first intermission between Färjestad and Karlskrona. Saying that the team wasn't prepared and played on one skate only, leaving too much in the tank and not working as a team. "This is not an individual game."

Färjestad came back to win the game in OT and are currently residing third in the league a whopping 10 points behind Frölunda, but Färjestad has a team that is built for the playoffs, and Nygren is their leader.


Artturi Lehkonen, Frölunda HC

Lehkonen has been demoted to the fourth line after getting his time on the second line while Mattias Janmark was still in the team, but that fourth line is still a lot better than quite a few second trios on other teams. It seems that Robin Figren and Lehkonen are breaking in the next big project coming in from Finland: Kristian Vesalainen, highly touted prospect for the 2017 draft. Detroit Red Wings prospect Christoffer Ehn is the alternative line-mate it seems, and it will be interesting to see who clicks fastest with the two regulars.

Regarding questions about the points difference between Lehkonen and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Andreas Johnson, that has to do with Lehkonen's move down the lineup and the team asking him to do a job he normally hasn't. Johnson also gets time on the first power play unit, hence there is a logical answer to the difference on the scoresheet.


Martin Réway, Sparta Prague

A lot has been said and I will refer you to this article that EOTP published yesterday.