TG tweeted a few days ago that he is eligible, but no Swedish officials inquired to Lou.
TG has his info wrong in that case. Larsson is a '92 birthday and '93s are the oldest allowed. This is why Sean Couturier (amongst other '92s) isn't on Team Canada or Gabriel Landeskog isn't on Team Sweden.
Couldn't have been a better-timed year for the US to win this, with the added attention towards the tournament (thanks to no NHL), bitterness by hockey fans toward the lockout and the Gold Medal game being on a weekend morning.
Yup I can see why Lou liked this kid enough to draft him. Sounds like a Devil to me.
Honestly he reminds me a lot of Zharkov. Lots of speed, very good defensively, tenacious on the forecheck, and little offensive finish. I think Zharkov has a higher offensive IQ and is a significantly better passer, but for the most part they seem very similar.
I'd say it's harsh to say that Pietila hasn't got any finish. It's a short tournament and his line weren't really getting that many chances. He does have 10 goals for Michigan Tech this year after all, in 17 games. I thought his passing was one of his assets the games I saw.
How Forsberg was included in the all star team and voted one of Swedens best players is beyond me. He was horrible throughout the tournament. Never uses his line mates, trying to make fancy moves every shift and losing the puck. Not a leader on the ice either. Lots of other players more deserving.
Gaudreau wasn't really anything special either (easy goals, anonymous in all other aspects), but guess there weren't really that many top performances from forwards this year.
Overall, I'll say 4th is the true place of this Canadian squad this year.
The Devils HFBoard has the fewest number of obnoxiously arrogant "Canada is the bestest everz and everyone else sucks" ice hockey posters (if ANY), so I almost feel bad saying this.... but you know how whenever Canada loses one of these things the excuse is ALWAYS "our best players werent there"? Well...this year their best players pretty much WERE there, and they went home empty-handed. I imagine this will not be taken well north of the 49th parallel.
That Swedish kid they just showed laying up against the boards dejected and angry, but NOT crying, watching every minute of the gold medal presentation?
I have no idea who he is or if he's even one of the Swedish players NHL capable, but THAT'S who I want on my team. The kid that HATES losing SO much that it looks like he wants to pay ANOTHER 60 minutes IMMEDIATELY (wish I caught the back of the jersey to remember the name, he might be somebody someday).