Thread: 2012 WJC Squad?
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10-31-2011, 09:44 AM
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Originally Posted by cheerupmurray View Post
Johan Mattsson should be in the mix for a goalie spot. He is one of the top-goalies in OHL. It's nice to have a goalie that used to small ice too. There is a unusual amount of players in CHL this year that could make the team. However players playing in Sweden is usually favoured a bit.

Rask and Rakell will probably get a spot. We lack good leftwingers so Rensfeldt also have a good chance, he is a big body and shows right now putting up points with Yakupov that he can be a good complimentary player.

Those four should have a good chance, don't think Schumacher and Persson will make it, they are not really on the radar enough. Persson have very limited National team experience and Schumacher none. They would have to go on a serious scoring spree now to even be invited to the camp.

Johan Gustafsson
Johan Mattsson
Niklas Lundström
(surprise but they like having a one year younger goalie that might be the starter next year and Lundström has been really good in Superelit)

The D will most likely be:
Johan Alm
Mattias Bäckman
Oscar Klefbom
Fredrik Claesson
John Klingberg
Patrik Nemeth
Jonas Brodin

There might be some surprise like for example Luleås Daniel Gunnarsson. I mean Gunnarsson is really big, plays a twoway-game and is getting some good icetime now in SEL.

The Forwards might look like this:

(with so many good centers, Zibanejad could be used on the wing, Zibanejad and Åberg have chemistry, Zibanejad and Rask have chemistry. Perhaps the whole line will click)
(Looks like a good line to me, Friberg gets demoted since he hasn't played that great so far this season)
(Could be a productive line, William Karlsson is the motor here)
(checking line)
(talanted spare forward, that could take a spot on a scoring line if one of them isn't working)
Hmmm, why using the best center we have on the wing?

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