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[SWE] WJC Candidates - 2004/05

Very early, yes. But here's a thread I hope to update during the year and add/remove candidates that could make the next WJC-team.


Goaltenders
Christopher Heino-Lindberg (85) - Hammarby [Swe-2]
David Rautio (85) - Luleå [Juniors]
Magnus Åkerlund (86) - HV 71 [Juniors]

Defensemen
Johan Fransson (85) - Luleå [SEL]
Elias Granath (85) - Leksand [Swe-2]
Nicklas Grossman (85) - Södertälje [SEL]
Oscar Hedman (86) - MODO [SEL]
Mattias Karlsson (85) - Brynäs [SEL]
Per Savilahti-Nagander (85) - Luleå [SEL]
Ola Svanberg (85) - HV 71 [SEL]
Alexander Täng (85) - Rögle [Swe-2]

Forwards
Nicklas Bergfors (87) - Södertälje [SEL]
Loui Eriksson (85) - Frölunda [SEL]
David Fredriksson (85) - HV 71 [SEL]
Mattias Hellström (86) - MODO [Juniors]
Misha Joukov (85) - HV 71 [SEL]
Sebastian Karlsson (86) - Frölunda [Juniors]
Liam Lindström (85) - Sundsvall [Swe-2]
Robert Nilsson (85) - Djurgården [SEL]
Kalle Olsson (85) - Frölunda [Juniors]
Linus Persson (85) - Hammarby [Swe-2]
Johannes Salmonsson (86) - Djurgården [SEL]
Oscar Sundh (86) - Almtuna [Swe-2]
Carl Söderberg (85) - MIF Redhawks [SEL]
Linus Videll (85) - Södertälje [SEL]
Daniel Åhsberg (85) - Frölunda [SEL]

There are many 86's that could be added later, but these are the ones I think have a good shot right now. Feel free to mention players you think should be added


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let me mention emil axelsson first!

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hehe, I'm waiting for him to get a new team first and to see on what level he'll play / how he'll play. He can make the team playing in the junior league but then he has to be really dominating, like Alex Täng this season. However, I doubt a lot of defensemen born 1986 have a shot at cracking this team. The ones listed above are all quite capable IMO.

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A bit early to start this thread, don't you think?

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hehe, I'm waiting for him to get a new team first and to see on what level he'll play / how he'll play. He can make the team playing in the junior league but then he has to be really dominating, like Alex Täng this season. However, I doubt a lot of defensemen born 1986 have a shot at cracking this team. The ones listed above are all quite capable IMO.
yep, the defensive core is nice. but what would axelsson has to do to dominate as a defensive tough guy? checking players to hospital?
i think no matter where he'll play, he will play quite good and should be at least one of the last cuts.

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A bit early to start this thread, don't you think?
as you may noticed, predatore has no real life and so we need this thread to stop his boredom.

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hehe, no hockey around -> plenty of time to post these kind of threads

Although there is some work ahead .. with the Entry Draft closing in..

Zecke,
I would imagine Axelsson would be able to not only be a physical force in the junior league but to put up good numbers as well.
As for defensive guys, Nicklas Grossman for example has been among the best defensemen in the junior league this season, scoring 2 points or so

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Niklas Andersson of Brynäs will probably have a chance to prove himself. If he can make it in the SEL he will be included.

There's also this defender from Timrå, Johan Jonsson.


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If Tobias Viklund/Jesper Andersson/Tommy Enström gets SEL icetime I could see them on the Swedish roster as well.

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The key is whether a player can step up and play in the SEL or Allsvenskan regularly. A lot of players could break through and those who do will get a shot at the WJC. Others will miss out simply because they don't play senior hockey. An important thing to remember is that Bendelin obviously don't rate Superelit highly and he seem to disregard what players do in that league for the most part.

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yup, I'm still a bit ¤#"#¤"%¤#" over the fact that Bendelin left out Calle Söderberg this winter, with a poor excuse

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I doubt that Misha will be in the squad even if he should be one of the 12-13 best players amoung forwards. But now he isn´t even close to be that, so I can´t see him going anywhere.

He needs to grow up in his head before anything big will happen to him.

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and be more consistent. Having watched him play numerous of times I can say that he can be brilliant for 5 minutes, only to be totally invisible the rest of the game.
When it comes to pure talent though, I think he is up there with the better ones in Sweden.

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Can I ask about Per Savilahti-Nagander? I've heard virtually nothing about him, but on your page you have him ranked about the middle of the pack for Swedes. Do you think he'll get drafted this year? Is he worth a late rounder? What's he like? Thanks for your help.

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and be more consistent. Having watched him play numerous of times I can say that he can be brilliant for 5 minutes, only to be totally invisible the rest of the game.
When it comes to pure talent though, I think he is up there with the better ones in Sweden.
Mikhails problem is that he, as it looks, hasn´t developed for the last two seasons. He was without doubt the 2nd most talanted player after Robert Nilsson amoung 85ers for 3-3 years ago. Now plenty of players are better.

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Nicklas Bergfors (87) - Södertälje [SEL]
Will he get promoted to their senior team next year? If so, that´s good news. Too few swedish juniors gets a chance in the SEL.

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[/QUOTE]...There are many 86's that could be added later, but these are the ones I think have a good shot right now. Feel free to mention players you think should be added[/QUOTE]

Add Fredrik Näslund at once. He has both skills and size to play in the WJC-team next year. As a regular in Allsvenskan he will be very gifty next season.

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Näslund will not have it easy to make the team IMO. He was mediocre at best in the U18 WJC (from those second-hand reports I have received . And him being far from a key-player on the U18-team one season to being a regular on the U20-team 6-7 months later is a huge step.

Not saying that he can't do it. I have liked what I have seen of him in the offensive zone and given the right amount of ice-time and offensive production he has a shot. Västerås however will be icing a rather competitive team next season and I would personally be surprised if he plays on the top two lines - thus limited chance of making the WJC-squad.

Hope he proves me wrong, and if so.. I'll add him this fall

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Will he get promoted to their senior team next year? If so, that´s good news. Too few swedish juniors gets a chance in the SEL.
I would be very surprised if sees any action next season, maybe as a substitute for a few games. I wonder if they dare to let a 17-year old kid play when they are fighting for their life to reach the playoffs.

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Has anyone seen Tom Linder play? Apparently he is rather huge, and he must be well-liked by Bendelin, who both picked him for the five nations in february and as a reserve to some tournament in november. If he has decent overall skills and can play physical, he could stand a chance at cracking the WJC-roster, especially since it will be played on small rinks in the US.

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Linus Persson is now Hammarby property.

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