2012 World Championship: Viktor Stalberg, Sweden

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Photo: Chicago Blackhawks forward Viktor Stalberg is representing his country at the 2012 World Championship following an early NHL playoff exit (courtesy of

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Chicago Blackhawks forward Viktor Stalberg just completed his second full season in the NHL and put up a career high 22 goals and 43 points in 79 games. For the first time since a U-20 performance in 2005, Stalberg was nominated to represent his native country in international play once the Blackhawks were knocked out of the playoffs. This was a nomination he didn’t hesitate to accept.

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2012 World Championship: Jakob Silfverberg, Sweden

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Photo: Ottawa Senators prospect Jakob Silfverberg (#33) saw his first NHL action in the 2012 NHL Playoffs vs. the New York Rangers (courtesy of

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With many wondering just how much longer Daniel Alfredsson will be lacing up his skates for the Ottawa Senators, it’s easy to understand that fans of the team are already clamoring for an heir apparent from Scandinavia’s biggest producer of NHL talent. One such candidate is Jakob Silfverberg, a player that Senators' GM Bryan Murray was ready to add to his NHL lineup last fall.

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2012 World Championship: Gabriel Landeskog, Sweden

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Photo: Colorado Avalanche rookie forward Gabriel Landeskog is taking part in his first Men's World Championship tournament (courtesy of

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Last summer’s second overall pick at the NHL Draft, Gabriel Landeskog of the Colorado Avalanche, jumped straight into the NHL as many thought he might. Landeskog has traveled far in one year's time, as he now stands as a finalist for the Calder Trophy given to the NHL's Rookie of the Year.

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2012 World Championship: Jonas Brodin, Sweden

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Photo: Minnesota Wild defensive prospect Jonas Brodin is seeing plenty of ice time at the 2012 World Championships in Stockholm (courtesy of

Vincent Muzik/Icon SMI)

Last summer, Jonas Brodin was one of the fast risers at the 2012 NHL Draft, ultimately being taken 10th overall by the Minnesota Wild. That draft ranking came on the strength of some regular SEL play for the Swedish champion Farjestad, as well as a top-flight performance at the 2011 U18 World Championship. This past season was yet another eventful one for the 18-year-old, most especially in light of his WJC gold medal performance.

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HF Podcast: Preview of the U-18 WJC gold medal game

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The gold medal game at the 2012 World Junior Championship should be an intriguing match-up as it features the two countries that did battle in last year's deciding game, the USA and Sweden.  The U.S. took the gold last year with a dramatic overtime win over the Swedes, so Sweden comes into this game with revenge on their mind.

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