Swedish WJC roster announced

By pbadmin





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The Swedish WJC roster was announced today and it includes some
surprises. Overall the squad looks stronger than last year. Obvious key
players
besides both goalies are Alexander Steen, Robert Nilsson, Tobias Enström
and SEL rookie Johan Fransson. Those four will lead the team offensively and
will see a lot of icetime on the power play.

Frölunda’s talented youngster Loui Eriksson and Brynäs’ sniper Nicklas
Danielsson will also have some pressure on their shoulders when it comes to
scoring, which has been a major concern for Sweden in previous tournaments.
An interesting new player is Tri-City’s Swedish WHLer Marcus Jonasén.
Jonasén is the only player of really large stature (6’4", 225lbs)
on the Swedish team and he has had a strong rookie season in the WHL.

Another player among forwards that can’t go unnoticed is top prospect Johannes
Salmonsson, born 1986 and eligible for the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Salmonsson
has surprised everyone by becoming a regular with Djurgården in the Swedish
Elite League and this will be a great oppurtunity for him to raise his stock
for the draft. Salmonsson is actually not the only player born 1986 on the Swedish team. HV
71’s goalie Magnus Åkerlund is the second one and also a player that could
get drafted quite early in the draft next summer. Åkerlund has yet to
play in the Elite league but he has been playing very convincing in the junior
league.

Tobias Enström and Johan Fransson will be they key players
on defense, but there are more interesting names. Alexander Täng has been
a major factor in the Swedish junior league with Frölunda. He is a player
with very strong overall skills and could become a big surprise in this tournament.
From the 2nd-tier league Daniel Sondell, Björklöven, is a player to
watch. A defenseman with very good offensive skills although his awareness in
his own end is still somewhat questionable.

Henrik Blomqvist who plays with Växjö in the 2nd-tier league is a
surprising pick seeing as he hasn’t played with the U20-team this season. Blomqvist
is "only" 5’11" but don’t let his size fool you. He is a very
tough and physical defenseman that will use his body at every given oppurtunity.

A preview of all the Swedish players will be posted before the tournament starts.

Schedule:
December 27: Sweden vs. Austria
December 28: Sweden vs. Russia
December 30: Sweden vs. USA
December 31: Sweden vs. Slovakia

Swedish WJC-roster

Player
Pos
Born
Ht
Wt
Team
Drafted
Joakim Lundström
G
1984
6.01
187
Brynäs
Magnus Åkerlund
G
1986
6.01
183
HV 71
04 eligible
.
.
Johan Björk
D
1984
6.01
194
MIF Redhawks
Ottawa
Henrik Blomqvist
D
1984
5.11
183
Växjö
Tobias Enström
D
1984
5.10
174
MoDo
Atlanta
Johan Fransson
D
1985
6.01
183
Luleå
04 eligible
Pierre Johnsson
D
1984
6.01
190
Mora
Calgary
Tomas Skogs
D
1984
5.10
178
Mora
 
Daniel Sondell
D
1984
6.00
186
Björklöven
 
Alexander Täng
D
1985
5.11
196
Frölunda
 
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.
.
Johan Andersson
F
1984
6.01
207
Troja/Ljungby
Chicago
Patric Blomdahl
F
1984
6.01
220
AIK
Washington
Nicklas Danielsson
F
1984
6.00
170
Brynäs
Vancouver
Nicklas Eckerblom
F
1984
6.01
196
Djurgården
Minnesota
Loui Eriksson
F
1985
6.01
178
Frölunda
Dallas
Fredrik Johansson
F
1984
6.00
187
Frölunda
Edmonton
Marcus Jonasén
F
1984
6.04
225
Tri-City
NY Rangers
Monir Kalgoum
F
1984
6.01
187
Huddinge
 
Sebastian Meijer
F
1984
5.09
168
HV 71
 
Robert Nilsson
F
1985
5.10
180
Leksand
NY Islanders
Johannes Salmonsson
F
1986
6.02
183
Djurgården
04 eligible
Alexander Steen
F
1984
5.11
186
Frölunda
Toronto
Andreas Valdix
F
1984
5.11
172
MIF RedhawksWashington