HF Podcast: Petersson emerges as a leader in his second WJC

By Glen Erickson

While many among the Team Sweden group at the 2010 World Junior Championships expressed disappointment with the team’s bronze medal finish at the WJC, there are drafted prospects that seemed content to take the result in stride and continue their focus on personal development on the road to professional hockey.

A disappointed Andre Petersson, selected in the fourth round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Ottawa Senators, is one member of Team Sweden who will return home to continue playing in the Swedish Elite League. It is indeed professional hockey where, prior to the WJC, Petersson collected seven goals and three assists in 27 games with HV71 Jonkoping. It’s an opportunity Petersson chose to pursue, rather than traveling to North America for a couple of seasons in the OHL. The Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors own his playing rights by virtue of making him the 47th player selected at the 2007 CHL Import Draft.

The 5-10, 190-pound forward brings rock star looks to the mix, along with offensive skills and above average skating. A diminutive forward, he plays a feisty brand of hockey that set him apart from many Swedish players at the WJC.  A player who demonstrated quickness in defending his teammates, Petersson also brought valuable goal scoring to the tournament, leading the team with eight goals and three assists for 11 points in six games. His totals included two power play goals and one scored shorthanded.

Following Sweden’s 11-4 romp over Switzerland in the bronze medal game, where Petersson scored three times, we caught the tail end of his interview with NHL.com and then spoke with the youngster about his experiences at the WJC, his increased role at this year’s tournament, and some of his plans for the future.

Click here to download the Petersson interview