2015–16 SHL season

The 2015–16 SHL season was the 41st season of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL). The regular season began in September 2015 and ended in March 2016. The playoffs were played in March–April 2016.

2015–16 SHL season
LeagueSweden Swedish Hockey League
SportIce hockey
DurationSeptember 2015 – April 2016
Regular season
League ChampionSkellefteå AIK
Season MVPPatrick Thoresen
Top scorerRyan Lasch (Frölunda)
Playoffs
Playoffs MVPJohan Sundström
Finals championsFrölunda HC (4th title)
  Runners-upSkellefteå AIK
SHL seasons

Modo Hockey and Karlskrona HK were forced to play in the SHL qualifiers to defend their SHL status. Karlskrona won their series against AIK in five games while Modo lost to Leksands IF over seven games. Therefore, Leksand were promoted to the SHL on the expense of Modo.

Regular seasonEdit

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Skellefteå AIK 52 33 4 4 11 160 103 +57 111 Qualification to Quarter-finals
2 Frölunda HC 52 30 7 0 15 169 112 +57 104
3 Linköpings HC 52 23 9 7 13 163 121 +42 94
4 Luleå HF 52 26 5 4 17 140 123 +17 92
5 Färjestad BK 52 20 10 9 13 141 130 +11 89
6 Växjö Lakers 52 25 4 4 19 147 139 +8 87
7 Djurgårdens IF 52 23 5 7 17 144 135 +9 86 Qualification to Round of 16
8 Örebro HK 52 19 6 8 19 135 146 −11 77
9 HV71 52 21 4 4 23 138 146 −8 75
10 Brynäs IF 52 21 4 3 24 133 138 −5 74
11 Rögle BK 52 16 4 6 26 125 154 −29 62
12 Malmö Redhawks 52 15 5 6 26 116 153 −37 61
13 Modo Hockey 52 13 3 4 32 119 166 −47 49 Qualification to Relegation playoffs
14 Karlskrona HK 52 5 4 8 35 120 184 −64 31
Source: Swedish Hockey League
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored

StatisticsEdit

Scoring leadersEdit

List shows the ten best skaters based on the number of points during the regular season. If two or more skaters are tied (i.e. same number of points, goals and played games), all of the tied skaters are shown.

As of 8 March 2016[1]

GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/– = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
Lasch, Ryan  Ryan Lasch Frölunda HC 51 15 36 51 +10 20
Thoresen, Patrick  Patrick Thoresen Djurgårdens IF 49 15 33 48 +12 34
Zackrisson, Patrik  Patrik Zackrisson Skellefteå AIK 52 15 33 48 +25 68
Gulas, Milan  Milan Gulaš Färjestad BK 51 20 25 45 –4 20
Gynge, Richard  Richard Gynge Växjö Lakers 46 21 23 44 +23 24
Johnson, Andreas  Andreas Johnson Frölunda HC 52 19 25 44 +8 18
Gordon, Andrew  Andrew Gordon Linköpings HC 52 18 26 44 +18 30
Norman, John  John Norman Skellefteå AIK 47 17 25 42 +5 18
Roe, Garrett  Garrett Roe Linköpings HC 41 14 27 41 +14 28
Anderson, Matt  Matt Anderson Djurgårdens IF 52 18 22 40 +8 30

Leading goaltendersEdit

These are the leaders in GAA among goaltenders who played at least 40% of the team's minutes. The table is sorted by GAA, and the criteria for inclusion are bolded.

As of 8 March 2016[2]

GP = Games Played; TOI = Time On Ice (minutes); GA = Goals Against; SO = Shutouts; Sv% = Save Percentage; GAA = Goals Against Average

Player Team GP TOI GA SO Sv% GAA
Johansson, Lars  Lars Johansson Frölunda HC 36 1962:30 57 7 92.74 1.74
Svensson, Markus  Markus Svensson Skellefteå AIK 37 2148:23 66 7 92.20 1.84
Lassinantti, Joel  Joel Lassinantti Luleå HF 33 2002:46 65 4 92.12 1.95
Rautio, David  David Rautio Linköpings HC 28 1589:57 52 2 91.61 1.96
Pogge, Justin  Justin Pogge Färjestad BK 26 1512:11 53 1 92.24 2.10
Högberg, Marcus  Marcus Högberg Linköpings HC 28 1581:05 61 2 91.13 2.31
Starkbaum, Bernhard  Bernhard Starkbaum Brynäs IF 28 1643:17 65 2 91.16 2.37
Armalis, Mantas  Mantas Armalis Djurgårdens IF 34 1985:52 80 2 91.82 2.42
Gunnarsson, Jonas  Jonas Gunnarsson Malmö Redhawks 44 2549:43 105 2 91.32 2.47
Pettersson-Wentzel, Fredrik  Fredrik Pettersson-Wentzel HV71 43 2467:01 102 2 91.41 2.48

PlayoffsEdit

The top six teams will qualify directly for the quarter-finals, while the four teams ranked 7–10 will play a best-of-three series and battle for the two remaining spots.[3][4]

Playoff bracketEdit

In the first round the 7th-ranked team will meet the 10th-ranked team and the 8th-ranked team will meet the 9th-ranked team for a place in the second round. In the second round, the top-ranked team will meet the lowest-ranked winner of the first round, the 2nd-ranked team will face the other winner of the first round, the 3rd-ranked team will face the 6th-ranked team, and the 4th-ranked team will face the 5th-ranked team. In the third round, the highest remaining seed is matched against the lowest remaining seed. In each round the higher-seeded team is awarded home advantage. The first round the meetings are played as best-of-three series and the rest is best-of-seven series that follows an alternating home team format: the higher-seeded team will play at home for games 1 and 3 (plus 5 and 7 if necessary), and the lower-seeded team will be at home for game 2 and 4 (plus 6 if necessary).[3][4]

  Wild-card round Quarter-finals Semi-finals Finals
                                     
  1 Skellefteå AIK 4  
9 HV71 0  
7 Djurgårdens IF 2     1 Skellefteå AIK 4  
10 Brynäs IF 1     6 Växjö Lakers 3  
2 Frölunda HC 4
  7 Djurgårdens IF 1  
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first and second round)   1 Skellefteå AIK 1
  2 Frölunda HC 4
  3 Linköpings HC 2  
6 Växjö Lakers 4  
8 Örebro HK 0     2 Frölunda HC 4
9 HV71 2     4 Luleå HF 2  
4 Luleå HF 4
  5 Färjestad BK 1  

Play In RoundEdit

The teams ranked 7 and 10, and the teams ranked 8 and 9, respectively, will face each other in a best-of-three series in order to qualify for the quarter-finals. The better-ranked teams in the two series will receive home advantage, i.e. two home games, if necessary. The two winners will take the two remaining quarter-final spots.[3][4]

(7) Djurgårdens IF vs. (10) Brynäs IFEdit

Djurgårdens IF won series 2–1


(8) Örebro HK vs. (9) HV71Edit

HV71 won series 2–0


Quarter-finalsEdit

(1) Skellefteå AIK vs. (9) HV71Edit

Skellefteå AIK won series 4–0


(2) Frölunda HC vs. (7) Djurgårdens IFEdit

Frölunda HC won series 4–1

(3) Linköpings HC vs. (6) Växjö LakersEdit

Växjö Lakers won series 4–2


(4) Luleå HF vs. (5) Färjestad BKEdit

Luleå HF won series 4–1


Semi-finalsEdit

(1) Skellefteå AIK vs. (6) Växjö LakersEdit

Skellefteå AIK won series 4–3


(2) Frölunda HC vs. (4) Luleå HFEdit

Frölunda HC won series 4–2


FinalsEdit

(1) Skellefteå AIK vs. (2) Frölunda HCEdit

Frölunda HC won series 4–1


Games in italics indicate games that will only be played if necessary to determine a winner of the series.

StatisticsEdit

Playoff scoring leadersEdit

List shows the ten best skaters based on the number of points during the playoffs. If two or more skaters are tied (i.e. same number of points, goals and played games), all of the tied skaters are shown. Updated as of April 24, 2016.[5]
GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/– = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
Lehkonen, Artturi  Artturi Lehkonen Frölunda HC 16 11 8 19 +11 4
Lasch, Ryan  Ryan Lasch Frölunda HC 16 8 11 19 +11 2
Norman, John  John Norman Skellefteå AIK 16 5 8 13 +6 4
Ritola, Mattias  Mattias Ritola Skellefteå AIK 16 5 8 13 –1 10
Gynge, Richard  Richard Gynge Växjö Lakers 13 5 7 12 +1 6
Hultström, Linus  Linus Hultström Djurgårdens IF 8 3 9 12 0 6
Granström, Jonathan  Jonathan Granström Luleå HF 11 5 6 11 –1 14
Calof, Andrew  Andrew Calof Skellefteå AIK 16 7 3 10 +3 4
Ericsson, Jimmie  Jimmie Ericsson Skellefteå AIK 15 3 7 10 +5 20
Fantenberg, Oscar  Oscar Fantenberg Frölunda HC 16 2 8 10 +8 6
Zackrisson, Patrik  Patrik Zackrisson Skellefteå AIK 16 2 8 10 –4 6

Playoff leading goaltendersEdit

These are the leaders in GAA and save percentage among goaltenders who played at least 40% of the team's minutes. The table is sorted by GAA, and the criteria for inclusion are bolded. Updated as of April 24, 2016.[6]

GP = Games Played; TOI = Time On Ice (minutes); GA = Goals Against; SO = Shutouts; Sv% = Save Percentage; GAA = Goals Against Average

Player Team GP TOI GA SO Sv% GAA
Johansson, Lars   Lars Johansson Frölunda HC 8 462:08 11 1 94.69 1.43
Svensson, Markus   Markus Svensson Skellefteå AIK 12 724:42 23 3 91.39 1.90
Nihlstorp, Cristopher   Cristopher Nihlstorp Växjö Lakers 10 563:18 19 0 91.40 2.02
Pogge, Justin   Justin Pogge Färjestad BK 4 231:33 8 0 93.33 2.07
Gustafsson, Johan   Johan Gustafsson Frölunda HC 9 506:22 19 0 92.02 2.25
Lassinantti, Joel   Joel Lassinantti Luleå HF 11 667:32 25 0 91.88 2.25

SHL awardsEdit

Guldhjälmen: Anton Rödin, Brynäs IF
Guldpucken: Patrick Thoresen, Djurgårdens IF
Honken Trophy: Lars Johansson, Frölunda HC
Håkan Loob Trophy: Nick Johnson, Brynäs IF
Rookie of the Year: Ludvig Rensfeldt, Rögle BK
Salming Trophy: Jonas Junland, Linköpings HC
Stefan Liv Memorial Trophy: Johan Sundström, Frölunda HC
Guldpipan: Mikael Nord

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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