Photo: Linkoping goaltender and Ottawa Senators prospect Marcus Hogberg backed up Oscar Dansk on Sweden’s silver medal squad that competed at the 2014 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
With the arrival of Henrik Lundqvist in the NHL back in the 2005-06 season, the NHL seen an influx of Swedish goaltenders being drafted or signed to professional contracts and brought over to North America at a rate not seen before.
Photo: Rockford IceHogs forward and Chicago Blackhawks prospect Jeremy Morin has spent most of the season with the AHL’s IceHogs, but has appeared in 15 games for the Blackhawks in the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Chris Austin/Icon SMI)
While the top nine teams in the East have separated themselves from the pack, the AHL's Western Conference is still wide open heading down the stretch.
Photo: David Rundblad, selected 12th overall, is the lone NHL player among the St. Louis 2009 draft class. The Swedish defenseman, currently with Phoenix, was traded to Ottawa in the summer of 2010 for the first round pick used to draft Vladimir Tarasenko (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
During most NHL drafts, the St. Louis Blues have been known to capitalize on their draft picks, whether they have a first or not. The 2009 draft proved to be a different story for the Blues, as they were unable to pick worthwhile players with any of their six draft choices.
Photo: Jokerit defenseman and Dallas Stars prospect Esa Lindell (R) scored the first goal of the game in Finland’s 3-2 gold medal win over Sweden at the 2014 World Junior Championship (courtesy of LUDVIG THUNMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
With the wealth of talented young defensemen coming out of Finland's junior hockey program lately, it's hard to imagine that just three years ago there was a serious dearth of prospects.
Photo: Winger Dmitrij Jaskin leads Chicago Wolves rookies in points-per-game so far in 2013-14. His play earned him a four-game stint with St. Louis in late December (courtesy of Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
The Chicago Wolves are the new AHL affiliate for the St. Louis Blues and have been somewhat productive this year. The Wolves are currently second in their division with a record of 19-13-1-2.