The J18 Elite East 2018-19 season is approaching. There are only a small number of world cup games, with diving soccer prima donnas, to endure before the teams buckle up for the first pre-season games/cups. I´ll try to analyse the upcoming J18 Elite East series, the teams, the new players and hopefully rank the teams with some accuracy before the season starts. A new season in J18 is always interesting, one of the more stimulating topics is that the change of seasons naturally gives a substantial turnover in the rosters as the older players (currently: born in 2000) have graduated and and a younger group (currently the 2002:s, and some 2003:s) are ready to fill their spots. I hope you could join me in a discussion around the upcoming J18 East season. Please remember to, just as I will do, use a positive stance (the guys are only 15-17 years old). Last season, a quick review: The J18 Elite East was quite interesting in 2017-18. The race for the five J18 Allsvenskan spots and the battle in “Fortsattningsserien” between SSK and AIK for the final playoff spot did almost every game interesting. In the race for J18 Allsvenskan Arlanda (LIU) and Nacka (LIU) did excellent and finished at place 4. and 5. sending the NIU teams, AIK and SSK, to “Fortsattningsserien”. Hopefully we could expect something similar exiting in the 2018-19 season, as it could and should be really tight between places 2-8, looking at my preliminary analysis of the rosters. In the bottom of the 2017-18 table, and thus relegated, we found Haninge and Nykoping Hockey. They are now replaced by Lidingo, after a strong season in Div 1 and Flemingsberg, after an impressive finish in the “Kvalserien”.