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Jacob Josefson: Dream to lift a dent with Djurgården

He was a little bit of the year enlisted in the SHL season. After eight NHL seasons with the New Jersey Devils and the Buffalo Sabres behind them came Jacob Josefson, home to Djurgården and expectations were high.

And he has done all.

in the phone, there are three days left to the first match of the kvartsfinalserien against Skellefteå. It is träningsfritt or individual training – and then fits Jacob Josefson to be along with soon-year son Frans.

" It's full speed. He climbs on everything, but have not really dared to take those real steps without help than, say, Jacob Josefson, in a break when the son sleeps dinner.

"Since the season is long and you are gone a lot and train a lot and play games, so when the leisure comes you want like to spend time with the family," he says.

it is now when it pulls up to the playoffs. From Saturday, it is match every other day and Jacob Josefson, hope, and keep it so until the beginning of may.

And even if it means less time with the Fringe, so long he.

" Maybe it sounds a bit cliché, but it will be a special sense of law. It feels like it will come together even more and it really becomes a small bubble, he describes the slutspelskänslan.

" You really live in the here and now and everything you do, every match or change may affect the next match. It comes to see to taking care of themselves, that you're training and resting.

" It's pretty cool and awesome to be with.

against Färjestad got the entire team off for a weekend and then you have trained and rubbed on the specifics of the game.

Not least the powerplay and penalty kill.

– often They are factors that determine a long slutspelsserie. Sometimes it gets a little, I don't know how to describe it, but a bit boring hockey, " says Jacob Josefson of the matches in the playoffs.

" It is important to minimize mistakes and sometimes do not take chances as much. It is clear you have to dare to win also, but it is often the powerplay and penalty kill, which determines the so it we train every day this week.

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matches this season against Skellefteå. Among other things, have won both matches on Sunday, but Jacob Josefson, don't think it gives any advantage now when it pulls up to the quarter finals and best of seven games.

" You know it has zero impact now when you go into the playoffs. We don't go around saying ”we beat them during the regular season”, but it is here and now.

the teams in the semis and then won the Skellefteå with 4-2 in matches and then lose the final against Växjö clear. The club has been in the finals seven of the last eight years.

– Skellefteå is a cleverly hockey team, with a solid squad, from goalkeeper to forwards. They have some seasoned players that have been with us a long time and they are used to playing finals, describes Jacob Josefson opponents, but adds immediately:

" I suspect that there is a little revanschlust from our side.

satisfied with his return to Sweden and Djurgården. A couple of weeks ago he was awarded with Guldhjälmen, the players ' own price to the year's most valuable player.

The price warmed.

" It was great fun. There are many big names that have received the former so it is a great honor to be compared with them.

" There, I think. The players usually have an eye on those that play out on the ice so it is extra fun that it is the player who made the choice.

it has so far this year has been for Djurgårdscentern. The first line with Daniel Brodin, James, Lily, and Josefson have together made 137 points.

" I had hoped when I wrote that I would get to play with Brodin. We are close friends. Then came Lily, him, I felt not at all, but we were set up directly on the first training and since then it has worked great, " says Jacob Josefson and explains why:

– to get To play together for a full season, I think I never done before, feels like a huge contributor to it has gone well. We have probably helped each other very much and made each other good.

" a Little. Fortunately we have a long preseason in Sweden so I had the chance to play some matches before the series began. It helped that I got to feel the game properly, playing on large surfaces, to feel how long or short the time you have and all that.

" But otherwise it is quite similar, I think: it is all about speed, speed, speed.

Even if it's been good clean personal for Jacob Josefson this season, he is not satisfied – yet.

– the Goal for the season is significantly higher and it is the gold medal you came home to take the. Since I was little, I always wanted to lift a dent with Djurgården.

– It would pop very loudly and it is what we are in for now, " says the 28-year-old captain of the team.

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