With another quiet week in SHL player movement coming to a close, the big news of the week is Oskarshamns new acquisition up front. Rögle also makes a move to add to their forward lines.
Oskarshamn has acquired Tomas Zohorna this week from HC Dynamo Pardubice from the Czech league. Previous to that the 33 year old played 6 seasons in the KHL with Amur Khabarovsk. In 313 games in the KHL he scored 64 goals and added 100 assists. Previous to his time in the KHL Zohorna had spent his entire professional career in the Czech League and spent two seasons of his junior career with the Drummondville Voltigeurs in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Despite it being his first season of hockey in the SHL, he will be joining a familiar face, as his brother Hynek also signed with Oskarshamn this off season.
"We have played together the last two seasons and I loved it. We understand each other because of that "brotherly connection". I have always wanted to play in the SHL so I called people who had played in Oskarshamn. They had great things to say about the city, the club and the fans. I look forward to meeting the team, all the people involved with the team and the fans."
Rögle also made a move to add to their forward core this week as they have signed Robert Lantosi from the Providence Bruins. In the past two seasons in the AHL he played 75 games, scoring 20 goals and adding 26 assists. This is not his first time playing in Sweden, however, as he spent time between 2012 and 2017 playing in the J20 league, Hockey Ettan and AllSvenskan with Västerås, Arboga, Vita Hästen and Sundsvall.
"Robert is an exciting young guy that we followed in North America in recent years and in the Slovak national team. He knows what it's like in Sweden because he has lived in Västerås for five years and knows Swedish hockey. We are happy that he is taking the next step in his development with us" says Rögle's general manager Chris Abbott.
Just two other moves this week concern players moving to HockeyAllsvenskan. Both Oskar Magnusson from Malmö and Adam Ohre from Timrå will be moving down to Swedens second tier league. Ohre will be joining his former Redhawks teammate Malte Setkov in AIK and Ohre wil be joining Vita Hästen.