Vancouver Canucks: Anton Rodin Named SHL MVP

Vancouver Canucks prospect forward Anton Rodin was named league MVP in the Swedish SHL.

The Vancouver Canucks won’t stop making us happy with prospect news. Brock Boeser is a finalist for the NCHC Rookie of the Year Award and the NCHC Three Stars Award and the Canucks signed defenceman Nikita Tryamkin from the Russian KHL. In most recent news,  forward Anton Rodin of Brynas IF was voted league MVP by the SHL’s players, being awarded the Golden Helmet.

From the official release:

Anton Rödin, Brynäs, har av spelarna i SHL röstats fram som mottagare av utmärkelsen Guldhjälmen. Den mest värdefulle spelaren i ligan.

Didn’t expect you to understand what it says, just wanted to show you what a fun language Swedish is. “Guldhjälmen” (Golden Helmet) and “mest värdefulle spelaren” (most valuable player) is really all you need to know.

According to Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning, Rodin is expected to return to North America for the 2016-17 season. His first stint with the Canucks’ American Hockey League affiliate Chicago Wolves was not exactly successful. But, being the Swedish league MVP means something, right?

Well, the Golden Helmet was introduced to the league for the 1985-86 campaign. A handful of winners went on to play in the NHL, but only few became stars in the league.

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Peter Forsberg won in 1993 and 1994, New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist and forward Mats Zuccarello won in 2005 and 2010, respectively, and Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg was MVP in 2012.

Recent winners that are currently in North America include St. John’s Icecaps forward Bud Holloway (2013) and Charlotte Checkers forward Derek Ryan (2015). Both players are star players in the AHL, but Holloway and Ryan combine for three NHL games played.

It is obviously impossible to generalize how successful Golden Helmet winners can be in the NHL, but it is interesting to see that few of the winners have actually established themselves in North America. Still, the aforementioned players also show that being the SHL MVP can pave the way for a successful NHL career.

Anton Rodin is an outstanding skater, passer and scorer, and he certainly has the potential to succeed with the Canucks. But, as always, expectations for him should not be too high, even if I tell you he has second-line potential.

For Rodin, the 2016-17 campaign might be the last chance to make a career in the world’s best hockey league, so it is great to see that he will come over well-prepared.