The hosts of the 2014 World Junior Championship went a perfect 4-0 in the preliminary round, as Sweden dispatched Russia in their final game of the round, 3-2. The win sends the Swedes to a quarterfinal match against Slovakia on Thursday in Malmo, Sweden.
Sweden's lineup boasts three of the top 10 scorers in the tournament, with forward Andreas Johnson being one of that scoring trio. The Frolunda product has been productive in the SHL this season, and has continued his good offensive play at this tournament. In 4 WJC games, Johnson has netted three goals and added three assists while posting a +5 rating.
Johnson, a native of Gavle, Sweden, was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the seventh round of the 2013 NHL Draft. It appears that the Leafs may have gotten good value for that pick, although Johnson still has some developing to do in Sweden before he tests the waters in North America.
Johnson, who scored a goal in the win over Russia, spoke with Hockey's Future following that win, a conversation that is captured in this HF video.
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