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Oskar Andren Returns To Brahmas For Round Two

Oskar Andren Photo courtesy of Wendy Sarich

 

Following a breakout season with the Lone Star Brahmas last season, Oskar Andren is back in North Texas to take another run at the NAHL Robertson Cup Championship which just eluded the team last year. The six foot one inch, 185 pound forward from Stockholm, Sweden teamed up with countrymen Sebastian Vidmar and Ludvig Larsson to form arguably the most potent scoring line in the league during the 2014/15 season. The three Swedes combined for a total of 182 points.

It took some time from Andren to get his feet under him and adjust to the American game. While he put up eight assists in his first few games, it was his tenth game before he broke the ice with a third period game winning goal against Topeka. Over the next 41 games Andren added another 38 points to finish the regular season with 47 (18G – 29A) in 51 games played and a +12 rating. Oskar’s biggest game of the season came on four goals in a 6 – 5 come from behind win against Wenatchee that extended the Brahmas home win streak to 15 games. Of his 47 points, 16 came on the power play and he had three game winners. “The biggest thing that I learned last year is how to play the North American style of hockey and the small rink,” he recounted. “Coming in this year will hopefully be a little bit easier since this will be my second year in the United States.”

Photo courtesy of Wendy Sarich: Oskar Andren participates in pre-game warm ups prior to taking the ice against the Topeka Road Runners on Feb 20, 2015.

Photo courtesy of Wendy Sarich: Oskar Andren participates in pre-game warm ups prior to taking the ice against the Topeka Road Runners on Feb 20, 2015.

After moving 15 players on to the NCAA or USHL level, the Brahmas have had to reload this season. Therefore, Andren will be relied on as one of the go to scorers in a more balanced offensive attack and his lessons from last season will be put to the test. While Oskar had success working with Vidmar and Larsson he is excited about the prospects with his new linemates. “I did like playing with both Sebastian and Ludvig last season, but I think the guys I am playing with this year, Kyle Patava and Joseph Fallon are just as skilled and fast,” said Andren. “Obviously it will take some time to get to know the new systems and everything, but I think all of the boys learn very quickly which will help us a lot during the first part of the season.”

This summer Oskar spent a lot of time with family and friends back in Sweden and got some dental work done to repair two chipped teeth he received during his first tour of duty with the Brahmas. Unfortunately the dental work did not last long. Within two weeks of his return to Brahmaland, Andren took a stick to the mouth in practice and as he put it “just like that they were gone again.”

His summer at home was not all down time though as he did hit the ice regularly practicing on his own or with newcomer Martin Mellberg who is also a native of Stockholm. The practice time gave Andren an opportunity to give Mellberg information on what to expect from the NAHL and the transition from Swedish SuperElit.

Falling one goal short of hosting and playing for the Robertson Cup Championship last season has left this year’s squad with some big skates to fill. While it is early in the process, Andren likes what he sees from his new teammates so far. “I think we look very good. It is hard to say if we are better or worse than last year. But the work effort is really there,” he said. “Everyone is competing very hard during practices to get better every day. We have a more skilled and speedy team this year, which I think our fans will enjoy even more this season!”

That may be a tall order for the team to fill as the NYTEX Sports Centre crowds were treated to the best home record in the league last season. However, if he is right, Andren may just achieve the two goals he has set for the coming season of banking an NCAA D-I scholarship and hoisting the Robertson Cup. Early returns show that he may be onto something with Lone Star winning a pair of preseason tilts against NAHL South Division rival Wichita Falls by a combined score of 9 – 2.

Career Statistics

Season Team GP G A PTS +/-
2011/12 Djurgardens IF J18 39 13 25 38 +30
2012/13 Djurgardens IF J18 23 10 20 30 +25
Djurgardens IF J20 22 5 4 9 -7
2013/14 Djurgardens IF J20 42 7 22 29 -2
2014/15 Lone Star Brahmas 51 18 29 47 +12

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