Already a Canada and a US thread, I'll start a Sweden one.
Elias Lindholm - Mika Zibanejad - Sebastian Collberg
Filip Forsberg - William Karlsson -Pontus Åberg
Max Friberg - Victor Rask - Emil Lundberg
Ludwig Blomstrand - Joachim Nermark - Jacob de la Rose
Oscar Klefbom - Jonas Brodin
Tom Nilsson - Hampus Lindholm
Mikael Wikstrand - Ludvig Byström
This is assuming Ottawa lets Zibanejad go. He could be in the NHL.
-As someone already wrote. Friberg is too old.
-Arvidsson is in the lead of Team Swedens internal scoreboard, 4 games into Lake Placid tourney. I'd be very surprised if he's left out.
Rickard Rakell - Mika Zibanejad - Pontus Åberg
Filip Forsberg - William Karlsson - Sebastian Collberg
Jermemy Boyce - Victor Rask - Emil Lundberg
Nick Sörensen - Elias Lindholm - Jacob de la Rose
Eric Nyström - Joachim Nermark - Viktor Arvidsson
Andre Burakovsky - Emil Molin - Michael Schumacher
Jakob Lilja - Erik Karlsson - Max Görtz
Ludvig Blomstrand - Alexander Wennerberg - Gustav Björklund
Daniel Zaar - Linus Fröberg - David Lilliestrom-Karlsson
Oscar Klefbom - Jonas Brodin
Ludvig Byström - Hampus Lindholm
Mikael Wikstrand - Tom Nilsson
Marcus Bohman - Erik de la Rose
Calle Andersson - Simon Karlsson
Jonathan Nielsen - Rasmus Bengtsson
Last edited by landskronala: 08-11-2012 at 05:48 PM.
Arvidsson, Froberg and Bengtsson had good camps, so good that I'd have them all on the team right now.
The best possible team as of today would be something like:
If/when Zibanejad becomes unavailable play E.Lindholm as a top6 center, insert Arvidsson on the third line. A lot of guys like Nermark, Lilliestrom-Karlsson etc. will challenge for bottom line spots. Sorensen will be interesting to follow early in the season. I don't think any -95 born will grab a forward spot.
If/when Brodin becomes unavailable pair Lindholm(could become unavailable aswell) with Klefbom and play them as much as possible really. I'm not sold on our defensive depth this year, especially if we lose guys to the NHL, but there are many guys I would label as solid. I'd probably look to add a really good PP guy, felt like that was lacking during this camp.
Sörensen could make the team if he has a great season next year. Odds are against him though, he plays in the wrong league and has not played for the national teams in a while.
I am pretty sure Arvidsson will make the team. He looks like the type of player RR likes and could be the Thorell of next years team. Plays with lots of energy and will.
I also think Emil Molin will have a good season next year and make the team but lots of guys will be competing for the last forward spots, David Lillieström Karlsson is another candidate. Defense is easier to predict if Klefbom, Lindholm and Brodin are available.
1. Joel Lassinantti
30. Niklas Lundström
35. Oscar Dansk
2. Emil Djuse
3. Jesper Pettersson
4. Christian Djoos
5. Rasmus Bengtsson
7. Tom Nilsson
8. Linus Arnesson
9. Mikael Vikstrand
12. Hampus Lindholm
10. Alexander Wennberg
11. Jeremy Boyce Rotevall
13. Viktor Arvidsson
15. Sebastian Collberg
16. Filip Forsberg
17. William Karlsson
19. Elias Lindholm
21. Max Görtz
22. Linus Fröberg
23. Victor Rask
24. Rickard Rakell
25. Jacob de la Rose
26. Nick Sörensen
29. Emil Molin
Joel Lassinantti, Luleå HF
Niklas Lundström, AIK
Oscar Dansk, Erie Otters
Emil Djuse, Södertälje SK
Jesper Pettersson, Linköping HC
Christian Djoos, Brynäs IF
Rasmus Bengtsson, Muskegon Lumberjacks
Tom Nilsson, Mora IK
Linus Arnesson, Djurgården IF
Mikael Vikstrand, Mora IK
Hampus Lindholm, Norfolk Admirals
(1 defencemen will be cut)
Alexander Wennberg, Djurgården IF
Jeremy Boyce Rotevall, Timrå IK
Viktor Arvidsson, Skellefteå AIK
Sebastian Collberg, Frölunda HC
Filip Forsberg, Leksand IF
William Karlsson, HV71
Elias Lindholm, Brynäs IF
Max Görtz, Färjestad BK
Linus Fröberg, Färjestad BK
Rickard Rakell, Plymouth Whalers
Jacob de la Rose, Leksand IF
Victor Rask, Calgary Hitmen
Nick Sörensen, Quebec Remparts
Emil Molin, Brynäs IF
(1 Forward will be cut)
That's what they said last year when Larsson and Landeskog were missing. Klefbom was far from a lock last year and then he made the All-star team. Lots of interesting D on this team that many in NA have never heard about, I would however have picked some differently.
The surprises on this team are:
1. No Åberg
2. Linus Fröberg (Will likely be cut)
3. Nick Sörensen (I really like this one)
Also, looks like the Swedish hockey federation is pretty unhappy with Ottawa's decision to not release Zibanejad. They will contact them again but chances are still small.
11 undrafted players, at least five sure to be drafted in the summer though. Cutting 2nd rounders like Aberg and Bystrom is bold but justified.
It sounds like the Swedish federation is trying to grease the wheels a bit with Ottawa, that if NHL play resumes Zibanejad will go back even if it's mid-tournament. Don't think it's gonna help much though.