Sweden's roster for the 2013 World Junior Championship features a handful of players that are eligible for the NHL Draft for the first time. While blue-chip prospects like Elias Lindholm and Robert Hagg have been given enough ice time to show off their skills, a highly regarded prospect like Jacob de la Rose has had to fill a more limited role that may not be a perfect fit for his abilities.
In terms of offense, de la Rose has nothing to show for his five WJC appearances. But the gangly forward has managed to get his name on the score sheet as he is among the most penalized players at this tournament. His 20 minutes in penalties, which includes a 10-minute major, places him among the top five most penalized players at this WJC.
The task at hand now for de la Rose and his Swedish teammates is to defeat the USA to repeat as WJC gold medalists. The Swedes have yet to lose in this year's tournament, but the USA has had the tougher road to get to the final and appears to be firing on all cylinders heading into this showdown.