Being a top prospect for the NHL Draft can bring a great deal of scrutiny from the scouting world. And, for said top draft prospect, there can be no bigger stage on which to display your abilities for those scouts than the World Junior Championship.
Such is the case for Sweden's Elias Lindholm, who is one of a handful of players competing for that country at the 2013 WJC who is also eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft. In Lindholm's case, he is considered by many to be among the top 10 prospects available for this year's draft, so it is likely that his every move will be watched with great interest.
For his part, Lindholm has had a solid tournament. In four games for Sweden, he has netted one goal and added a pair of assists to go along with a zero +/- rating. Those are not eye-popping numbers, to be sure, but like most younger players at this tournament, Lindholm is expected to play a role rather than being a go-to guy.
Lindholm and his Swedish teammates practiced today in preparation for their semi-final showdown with Russia, a rematch of last year's gold medal game. Lindholm talked to the media following this practice, with his comments being captured in this HF video.
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