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Photo Credit: Bildbyrån/Daniel Eriksson

Jonathan Dahlen named the Allsvenskan MVP and Top Forward

Yesterday morning, Canucks prospect Jonathan Dahlen collected some hardware from his time with Timra IK this season:

The young Swedish forward ended up back with Timra IK after contracting mono prior to the Young Stars tournament in Penticton. He did appear in some pre-season games with the Utica Comets before it was decided that he would return to his professional team in Sweden and work his way back to full strength. It took him a few games to get his feet under him but he then couldn’t be stopped. Having watched the majority of Timra IK’s games over the course of the season, it can confidently be said that Dahlen was the best player on the ice for many nights. This isn’t an indication of how poor the Allsvenskan is but more of a glimpse on what the Canucks might have in Dahlen. The Ostersund native ended the season with 23 goals and 21 assists in 44 games, which was good for 2nd in league scoring behind Emil Molin.

Dahlen took another step forward in the playoffs, posting eight goals and six assists in ten games. He helped lead Timra IK to promotion into the SHL for the 2018-19 season after they stormed back from a 3-1 series deficit to win in Game 7.

Last season, Dahlen received the Guldgallret, which is awarded to the best junior player in the Allsvenskan after finishing that 2016-17 campaign with the most goals and points by a junior player.

His season wasn’t finished there as he headed to the AHL to close out the season with the Comets – He had one goal and one assist in two regular season games and then had one assist in four playoff games with Utica.

Dahlen’s resume in the Allsvenskan is impressive and well deserved. The fact that he remained with Timra with hopes of getting them promoted to the SHL and then achieving that goal is a good indication of that type of character and player that Dahlen is.

At the time, the Alexandre Burrows trade to acquire Dahlen looked like a very good move by the organization that now had their eyes on the future. With another 15 months in the rearview mirror, the deal is looking even better.

Dahlen is expected to start the season in Utica for next year but his previous chemistry with Elias Pettersson and his overall game could mean that we see Dahlen with the Canucks shortly after that.

  • TheRealPB

    The superb performance by Canucks prospects in developmental, junior or pro leagues this year is the second best storyline (after the Sedins stylish finish) for an otherwise depressing year in Canuckville.

    • Yet the narrative floated around by guys like Rick Dhaliwal is how bad the 2016 draft was. I guess you can’t spin a story about how bad Benning has been when his top prospects are dominating the SHL, winning the Hobey Baker, or becoming Allsvenskan legends.

  • Burnabybob

    Nice to see that Dahlen looks so promising. Maybe he and Pettersson will be on a line together in the not too distant future. In a few years their lines could look something like this:

    The development of the Canuck forward prospects, coupled with the relative lack of depth of defensive prospects (Juolevi’s development has been less than stellar) speaks in favor of drafting a defenseman with the 7th pick. Unless Oliver Wahlstrom is clearly head and shoulders above the others, I would draft one of Bouchard, Dobson or Hughes if I were Benning.

  • LTFan

    Congratulations to Dahlen and Pettersson on their great season in Sweden.

    I agree with those who continue to advocate for drafting a D man. That being said we seem to overlook the prospects who have been playing in Utica this past season. Sautner, McEneny, Chatfield and Brisebois. They have been developing in the AHL for one of more seasons and hopefully one or more of them will make the Canucks for next season.

      • Cageyvet

        I share that opinion, very solid, simple game but I really noticed him using what size he has. It’s not rough and tough or big hits, but he keeps good position, and just pins guys on the boards and ties them up in front of the net. Call me old school, but that’s how you play defense.

        He looks like a credible bottom pair guy, as he doesn’t panic often in tight situations. We could do a lot worse if he continues to build on that performance. Rookie games in the NHL where you’re not too noticeable (for all the right reasons) at the league’s toughest position are rarer than you might think, he acquitted himself very well.