Lukas Vejdemo has been working very hard this season, but despite his efforts, he hasn't been scoring at a rate reflecting that work. The young Swede has slowly taken more upon his shoulders, getting into the face-off circle and showing off his hockey sense.
His Djurgården squad took on Artturi Lehkonen's Frölunda in the second game of a back-to-back series, presenting a great opportunity to see two Canadiens prospects in action. Vejdemo would draw first blood, as he pounced on a rebound in close to give Djurgården a 2-0 lead midway through the first.
When Frölunda later pulled the goalkeeper with the score at 4-2, Vejdemo was trusted to be on the ice for the deciding moments. He answered by winning a puck battle by the boards and freeing up the puck setting up his teammate for an empty-net goal.
Before Vejdemo's assist (and yes the TV Company has not yet changed his name) Artturi Lehkonen scored the second goal for Frölunda making the score at the time 4-2 for Djurgården.
In all, it was a good showing from both Canadiens' prospects, but the man who stole the headlines was Lukas Vejdemo, with his first multipoint game in the SHL. He also received five stars and Man of the Match honours from Aftonbladet.se:
I got a chance to speak with Lukas, and ask him a few questions about his improvement over the course of the season:
Do you feel like you belong in the SHL now, your game has really improved the last couple of week from what I have seen.
I feel like I am playing better and better every round we play. It feels like I really needed some games to get the feeling for the game and the tempo of the play. I still feel like I am improving with every game I get, and I feel like I really belong in the SHL now.
For the North American crowd World Juniors will be the big chance to see you play, how do you feel about your own chances and Sweden's chances in general?
I really hope I get picked for the tournament, I am not totally convinced, as I played on the fourth line this last weekend, I didn't really play that well. With the North American players still to come into the team I am not convinced I'll get the opportunity, but if I get the chance it would be damn fun and worthwhile for my future progress.
As for Sweden, we should be up there, as we should every year.
Many thanks to Lukas for getting back to us in short order, and a special stick tap goes out to @SHLProspectGIFS for the GIFs.