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European Prospect Review: Artturi Lehkonen provides the fireworks

All prospects put on a good performance, but it was Lehkonen who stole the show

Frolunda HC

This week's choice was a no-brainer, as the Finnish star was shining bright. Lehkonen was Frölunda's best player in the three games played. He wasn't alone, however, as all the European players showed their value as prospects with their offensive displays.

Habs European Prospects week 21

Joonas Nättinen, JYP

Joonas had both goals in JYP's 2-1 win against Ässet. While not always known for his offensive output, it is clear that the call-up to the national team has given a boost to Nättinen's development. Against TPS, he was on the ice for the late equalizer with 14 seconds to go, while not scoring any points.

He is being trusted with minutes in crucial situations, and seems to be playing some of the best hockey of his life.

Nättinen Week 21

Lukas Vejdemo, Djurgården Hockey

Vejdemo continues his outstanding rookie season in SHL. It shouldn't be surprising he is doing as well as he is considering he won the MVP award in the junior playoffs last year, but it is still an impressive feat. The drive and the will to improve his overall game is evident, and now that he has settled in, he plays with a maturity that is difficult to describe.

Looking at the assist that Vejdemo had this week, the scoring play could very well be described as his goal. The work he does along the boards to set up the goal is really strong for a 20-year-old, and he handles his defender with ease.

While his work ethic is outstanding, he does need to improve his shot, but that seems to be the only part of the game that doesn't seem to come naturally to him.

Vejdemo is tied for third in scoring among the juniors in the SHL with his 13 points. Gustav Forsling (Chicago Blackhawks) has four games in hand with the same amount of points.  Elias Lindholm (Philadelphia Flyers) and Axel Holmström (Detroit Red Wings) ahead are on another level so far. To see Vejdemo so high on the list was completely unexpected in the pre-season.

Vejdemo Week 21 NEW

Magnus Nygren, Färjestad BK

Nygren unleashed his patented bomb this week for another power-play goal, striding in and hitting the net from just outside the faceoff circle. His assist was also recorded on the power play. With the malfunctioning power play in Montreal, you have to wonder what Nygren could do with his howitzer and play-making ability.

"It has been a learning experience coming back [to the SHL]," he said in a 10-minute interview done for the SHL website, focusing on Farjestad's poor showing this season.  "When things starts to go bad, you start trying yourself, and then it turns into a solo, whereas to be good the whole symphony needs to play in tune."

Nygren week 21

Artturi Lehkonen, Frölunda HC

It's time for all fans of the Canadiens to learn how to spell Artturi Lehkonen's name.

While Frölunda was asleep and rested on their laurels after a 5-0 win against Davos in the first leg of the CHL semi-final, it was "Ärtan" ("the Pea"), as he is affectionately known by his teammates, who worked himself to death in the first game of the weekend.

That effort earned him a goal in the first game vs Rögle on Saturday (a poor team showing resulting in a 6-3 loss). Once again he was on the ice in the last two minutes to get another strike in the minus column, but that means he is being relied on in those moments of the game; an opportunity he is grateful for as he mentioned in our interview from this summer.

If Lehkonen was good in the first game, he absolutely ruled the ice (along with Johan Sundström) in the second of the home-and-home games with Rögle. Lehkonen scored two goals and added an assist for good measure, and was named the first star of the game.

It was great to see him hit the net with a one-timer from the blue line, and the assist was a perfect display of his skill, vision, toughness, and poise.

Lehkonen is 11th in SHL scoring, fourth in Frölunda's race. Most promising, the majority of his points are coming during five-on-five play, with limited power-play time.

Lehkonen week 21

Martin Réway, Fribourg-Gottéron

Réway added another two points in two games played this week: a goal and an assist. While the assist came five-on-five, the goals was scored on the power play, taking a bank pass off the back boards. With 19 points in 16 games Réway has a 1.19 points-per-game pace, good enough for fourth on the list, and shadowing Auston Matthews.

Reway week 21

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