3. Växjö Lakers
The Lakers were the deserved winners of last year's SHL, the league that apart from the KHL can rightly call itself the best in Europe. However, one of the costs of success in the league is that good players don't stay around long as the SHL is also a shop window for other clubs. The team lost it's top three scorers, Elias Pettersson, Andrew Calof and Robert Rosén but also two talented stand ins, Andy Miele and Dennis Rasmussen. Whilst Pettersson has thrived in Canada for the Vancouver Canucks, the other four have all gone to Russia. So it is no surprise that the Lakers crashed out if the CHL with lackluster results and have spent most of the season in around 10th place.
The club has not lost in regulation since 3 November and has beaten Luleå and Djurgården scoring 28- 20 in the month.
The team's top scoring Finn from last year, 36 year old Janne Pesonen (above) is now leading the team in goals. He was drafted by Anaheim Ducks in 2004 and has played in the KHL before moving to Sweden where he is in his second season. But it is Czech import player, Roman Horák who leads on Total Points in his first season in the SHL. The 27 year old also comes in from the KHL before moving from and was drafted by New York Rangers in 2009.