Sweden has produced some talented defensemen for the NHL Draft in recent years. And, though the 2014 crop of defenders may not be as talented as more recent groups, there is still some good talent that will be available for the 2014 NHL Draft in June.
One of those talented Swedish defenders, Marcus Pettersson, is getting a chance to show his skills at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship. It could be going better for Pettersson, though, as he was on the ice for two of the three goals that Russia scored in the third period of Sweden's second game, a 4-3 shootout win for Sweden that had to be a relief after the Swedes had blown a three-goal lead.
Pettersson plays for his hometwon team, Skelleftea, spending most of the 2013-14 season playing for their SuperElit squad but also getting his first taste of SHL action. In 38 SuperElit games, Pettersson scored four goals and added 14 assists for 18 points. He was scoreless in 10 SHL games.
Pettersson spoke with Hockey's Future following his country's loss to Canada, a conversation that is captured in this HF video.
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