Sweden remains perfect after five games at the 2014 World Junior Championship as the team prepares for their semi-final showdown with Russia. The Swedes are in that position by virtue of their convincing 6-0 win over Slovakia in the quarterfinals.
While Team Sweden has a few players that can bring some pizzazz to the offensive side of the game, defenseman Linus Arnesson landed a berth on the team due to his steady defensive play. The Djurgarden defender and Boston Bruins prospect has provided just that for Sweden at this WJC, but his efforts aren't going to get his name on the stat sheet.
Another player that fills a certain role for Team Sweden is forward Erik Karlsson. While his offensive abilities are a bit more accomplished than Arnesson's, Karlsson is playing the part of an energy player in the forward ranks. The Frolunda forward and Carolina Hurricanes prospect has posted two assists in this WJC, and stands at +2 for the tournament. Erik is the brother of Anton Karlsson, a top prospect for the 2014 NHL Draft and a teammate on both Frolunda and this WJC squad.
Arnesson and Karlsson spoke with Hockey's Future following the win over Slovakia, conversations that have been captured in this HF video.
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