WJC Discussion- Wikstrand Watch!
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01-07-2013, 05:36 PM
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What gave it away? The fact that one of the three forwards on the actual All Star Team wasn't top-5 in FW voting?
As for the actual team, and not to rain on anyone's parade here, but it was pretty obvious that writers were scrambling to put together teams with Swedes on it, and as there were no real deserving candidates, the "most famous" on D and FW got on there undeservingly. Moreso for Forsberg than Wikstrand, obviously, but Jones, McCabe and Trouba were all clearly better throughout the tournament.
Haha, the results were released a couple days before the actual ones, I assumed it was leaked given his connections.
Those guys definitely played better but Wikstrand really held his own and was the biggest part of the Swedish D which made the finals. He wasn't flashy but extremely effective and efficient. Nilsson was good but wasn't as relied on and effective all-around like Wikstrand, imo. Not like this tourney is anything of a small sample of his development either, he was played phenomenal hockey in Sweden prior to this as well.
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