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Klingberg, Hagg tops among defensive prospects that competed in Sweden in 2013-14

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Klingberg, Hagg tops among defensive prospects that competed in Sweden in 2013-14

As the 2014 NHL Draft approaches, it is important to take note that the NHL is currently chock full of players hailing from Sweden. In particular, it would have been difficult to find many NHL rosters that lacked a Swede patrolling the blueline this past season.

Particularly over the past few years, a number of young Swedish defensemen have found themselves playing key roles for their respective teams, including no less than Alexander Edler (VAN), Niklas Kronwall (DET), Victor Hedman (TBL), Carl Gunnarsson (TOR), Jonas Brodin (MIN), Niklas Hjalmarsson (CHI), Tobias Enstrom (WPG), and Oliver Ekman-Larsson (PHX), amongst others. None, however, has had more of an impact on his team and the league in such a short period of time as has the Ottawa SenatorsErik Karlsson, who at the tender age of 23 was a Norris Trophy candidate after leading the league in scoring amongst defensemen by a 25-point margin in the 2011-12 season.… read more


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