2012 WJC Squad?
The 2011 tournament is not quite over, but the speculation has already begun so why not a new thread eh? Mod can sticky if appropriate.
A quick mock-up to get it started...
Adam Larsson and Landeskog inegileble due to NHL commitments.
Out of DIF (I watch the J20 quite a bit) I'd say that defender Erik Gustafsson and perhaps goalie Due-Boje may get considerations but probably won't reach the target.
Other players who have good potential (Måns Krüger, Weigel, Gerard Hanson), I just don't think that Rönnberg will fancy due to his philosophy of hockey.
Good team, some reflections.
Going by Ronnbergs philosophy Thorell wount' be picked either. Imo Boyce is a better choice. Rask need to improve his skating otherwise i do not see him making the squad. I could see both Forsberg and Collberg making it if the keep up their current progression and improves their defensive play.
Westerholm (Center) and John Persson is my darkhorse picks.
Defense looks alright, We need Berglind as one of only two righties on defense. Granberg (also righty) might steal a defensive role from Claesson.
I'd watch out for some of the players in HockeyAllsvenskan:
The Westerholm-twins(92-F) in Malmö for example, they have some of that twin magic that the Sedin's are famous for.
The same goes for Gustav Björklund(93-F) and William Karlsson(93-F) in Västerås.
The swedish j-20 b-team have played a game against Finlands b-team in Russia and won with 5-4. My grasp of kyrillic letters is a bit frail but I think the point producers where:
William Karlsson 0+1
Johan Sundström - Johan Larsson - Max Friberg
Ludvig Rensfeldt - Mika Zibanejad - Rickard Rakell
Patrik Westerholm - Joakim Nordström - Pontus Westerholm
Erik Thorell - Victor Rask - Filip Forsberg
Jonas Brodin - Patrik Nemeth
John Klingberg - Oscar Klefbom
Fredrik Claesson - Mattias Bäckman
What are the chances Collberg or Forsberg makes the team?
How good will this team be compared to previous years?
This team is maybe not having the "star-power" of some previous years, but I'd call this the best team yet since Sweden were competing for gold medals again.
Here, I can read Kirillyc letters somewhat.
The final scoring for swedes after 3 games should be:
Sebastian Collberg 7p (3+4)
William Karlsson 5p (1+4)
Jeremy Boyce Rotevall 4p (2+2)
Daniel Mannberg 4p (2+2)
Elias Lindholm 4p (1+3)
David Lillieström Karlsson 3p (2+1)
Linus Hultström 3p (1+2)
John Westin 2p (2+0)
Adam Pettersson 2p (2+0)
Victor Berglind 2p (0+2)
So impressive showing by Collberg and William Karlsson judging by the stats. Elias Lindolm also produced well and had a fine Ivan Hlinka, but I can't imagine he would be chosen for the wjc.
I am not too excited about this team, too few players that really stand out. But both the 92's and the 93's took home a silver from u-18 wjc, so it should be a team competing for medals. Hopefully Steffe G is right :)
Impressive by Collberg.
Watched some games.
Collberg-Impressive, looked comfortable, only way you could guess he is so young was his mask. He has average size(but not small) and while he can shoot he has nice vision aswell.
Willie Karlsson stood out aswell, fast skater and controls the puck very well. Looked bigger than 183/74.
Elias Lindholm has some wheels. He wasn't playing that much though.
Victor Berglind had an injury in game vs Russia.
Physicality came from Granberg, Tom Nilsson(got some nice hits) and surprisingly Linus Arnesson(at least in Russia game).
Overall, Sweden had good skating and won 75% battles along the boards. But this team was small. Russian looked much bigger in comparsion.
Russian team was ok, but nothing really special. Sweden had more control on the puck, though russians had probably as many dangeruous moments as Sweden. Russians acted tough, consistently pushing swedes after the whistle, overaggresivly defending their goalie(i.e. push or grab your opponent even if he isn't really close to goalie) and Kosov(192/102 kg) was really eager to fight E.Gustafsson when Gustafsson came to defend injured berglind. Kosov droppped a glove and threw a punch but was blocked by refery. In the end Sweden made a mistake and Shalunov can shoot so you got to cover him.
This team seriously lacked guys like J.Larsson and Nemeth, and well, some big guys overall.
For the first and second line the natural choices are:
Mika Zibanejad (don't think he will make Ottawa)
Johan Larsson (will be a very important player)
For the third and fourth:
Joakim Nordström (will most likely get a spot, he is good bottom-6 player that probably will have a minor breaktrough in SEL)
Joachim Nermark, William Karlsson, Victor Rask will have to fight it out over the last spot.
Johan Sundström and Max Friberg worked well with Johan Larsson in Lake Placid, so Im guessing that's a line.
Ponthus Westerholm and Pathrik Westerholm is a treat to watch and they should be able to make the team.
That leaves 4 winger spots
possible leftwingers includes: Ludvig Rensfeldt, Erik Thorell, Jeremy Boyce Rotevall, David Lilleström Karlsson (as a energy player), Emil Lundberg, Ludwig Blomstrand (as a checker), John Westin, Adam Pettersson
Possible rightwingers includes:
Sebastian Collberg, Filip Forsberg, Nick Sörensen, Gustav Björklund, Pontus Åberg, Rickard Rakell, Marcus Sörensen, John Persson
Locks for the defense:
Fredrik Claesson (at least I think he is a lock)
Oskar klefbom (is he really a lock?)
Wideopen for the last spots,
Some possible offensive d.mens:
Rasmus Bengtsson (my personal favorite)
Patrik Norén (maybe more allround than offensive)
Allround and/or defensive d-men:
Johan Gustafsson should be a lock
Some combination of:
Adam Reideborn and Jonas Gunnarsson (sucess in Hockeyallsvenskan could give either of them a spot)
Joel Lassinantti (small but good)
Oskar Dansk and Marcus Högberg very talented goalies born 1994.
If the roster had to be decided today I would go with:
Boyce Rotevall-William Karlsson-Collberg
Sadly, I think we can throw Sörensen's name away simply by the fact he's playing in the Q. With that hard a competition, they will always opt for the player staying in Sweden. He'll have to be super impressive in order to get a spot.
I agree with you that Claesson is a lock on defence, and I also agree with your doubts about Klefbom being a lock, especially if he doesn't get SEL exposure. He did captain the U18 team though, which counts for something. To the group of locks on D they'd probably look to add another power play player, so I'd say Victor Berglind looks to have a great chance. Possibly Jonas Emmerdahl as a dark horse out of the SEL-2, he looked pretty good when I watched him in that Leksand tournament.
The goalie spot behind Gustafsson will be up for grabs as well. Adam Reideborn?
As for Elias Lindholm, can't wait to watch him at a higher level. Oozing hockey IQ.
Maybe we should poll internally for a WJC roster now and then right before the roster is selected to see how much it would differ? Are we enough people to do that? ;)
Landeskog - Larsson - Zibanejad
Åberg - Karlsson - Rakell
Forsberg - Nordström - Collberg
Sundström - Boyce - Friberg
Brodin - Klefbom
Klingberg - Nemeth
Larsson - Norén
If Landeskog, Larsson and Zibby is still in NHL...
Pontus Åberg - Johan Larsson - Richard Rakell
Westerholm - William Karlsson - Westerholm
Filip Forsberg - Joakim Nordström - Sebastian Collberg
Johan Sundström - Jeremy Boyce - Max Friberg
Brodin - Klefbom
Klingberg - Nemeth
Claesson - Norén
IN: William Karlsson, Sebastian Collberg, Pontus Åberg.
OUT: Pontus Westerholm, Erik Thorell, Mika Zibanejad (lock if available)
Linus Hultström have started impressive in Allsvenskan with 3 points in 5 games, Victor Berglind seems to be of to a decent start with 2 points in 3 games. That's two similar players, a bit undersized offensive d-men, good in PP and shoots right. I think one of those is closer to make the team than Ramus Bengtsson that have started this season pretty bad.
Bengtsson is being outplayed by fellow junior d-man Jonathan Zaar so far. Zaar is racking up the points in Superelit and produced his first point in Allsvenskan yesterday. He is a pretty interesting d-man that had last season spoiled by injuries.
Wow, Pontus Åberg must be this years' sky rocket.
Impressive play by him so far. He's moved from being an outsider to being a hot candidate for WJC.
Linked is an article(in swedish) where a local journalist queries Ronnberg if there's any players from Skelleftea that has chances on making it to WJC. Sorensen seems like a non-option at the moment. Ronnberg speaks really well of Adam Pettersson, so maybe he's a little warmer candidate than I thought. Ronnberg also mentions three d-men Edström, Alm & Granberg. That really doesnt give us any good hints cause one can suspect that Ronnberg is keeping an eye on maybe 15-20 dman candidates, and we just get to know that they're among them. Alm & Granberg has both played for J20 national team this year. Strangely, it's the third guy, Rasmus Edstrom, that has impressed most on me(and others) that has watched many Skelleftea-games this year.
Max Friberg is not getting any ice time in Timrå atm. Loan him to a Allsvenskan team?
So what do you think about Michael Schumacher for a bottom-six spot on the team? He has 5+4 in 9 games in OHL so far. He is listed as 6'5'', so he would bring some size and he plays a powerforward game. Since he is born 1993, he would also be a name for next years team, so it might be a good idea to give him some experience playing on the fourth line this year.
At least I think he should be in the mix, with his good season opening.
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