Sweden is a favorite to take home a medal at the 2012 World Junior Championship, possibly the gold medal. But Switzerland had other ideas in their preliminary round game against the Swedes, extending the favored team to a shootout before falling, 4-3. A talented Swedish squad was able to overcome the hard-working effort of the Swiss team, but they’ll have to exhibit a more disciplined approach to make their dreams of gold come true.
Forward Ludvig Rensfeldt was the first Swede chosen at the 2010 NHL Draft. Since then, Rensfeldt has been somewhat off the radar as compared to other prospects chosen in that draft. Rensfeldt brought his talent to North America for the 2011-12 season, where he is playing for the Sarnia Sting of the OHL. He has played well for the Sting, and is now stepping up as a key performer for Sweden‘s 2012 World Junior Championship. After two WJC games, Rensfeldt is tied with Max Friberg for the team scoring lead at five points.
Swedish forward Filip Forsberg is considered to be among the top prospects available for the 2012 NHL Draft. Forsberg burnished his credentials a bit in Sweden‘s opening game, 8-4 win over Latvia as he was named the Player of the Game for Sweden. Forsberg wasn’t as much of a factor in his team’s second win at the 2012 WJC, a 4-3 shootout win over Switzerland, but he and fellow 2012 prospect Sebastien Collberg still were a threat playing together on the fourth line.
Forsberg talked about the win over the Swiss following the game.
Sweden‘s entry at the 2012 World Junior Championship has some new faces that weren’t a part of the 2011 edition. One familiar face, though, is that of the team’s head coach, Roger Ronnberg. Ronnberg guided the team last year in what was a somewhat disappointing tournament for that country, with Sweden finishing without a medal.
Sweden is off to a good start at the 2012 WJC with their Day 1, 8-4 win over Latvia. Ronnberg met with the media following that game, which can be viewed in this video.
Swedish forward Max Friberg had a strong showing at the 2011 World Junior Championship. Friberg seems to be picking up where he left off at the 2012 edition of junior hockey’s top event as he potted four goals in Sweden‘s opening, 8-4 win over Latvia.
Friberg, a Anaheim Ducks prospect, met with media following his team’s successful start at the 2012 World Junior Championship.