For most foreign players that join the USHL, like Green Bay Gamblers defenseman Gustav Olofsson, they must learn English and adapt to American culture while learning to play hockey against the best players from around the nation.
Coming into the 2013 World Junior Championship as the reigning gold medal champions, Sweden knew right from the beginning that a repeat performance would be no easy task. Not only could a number one goalie not be determined before the tournament began, but not a team in the tournament came in missing what was possibly its four most recognizable and important U-20 pieces, a situation Sweden had to deal with right off the bat.
Sweden's roster at the 2013 World Junior Championship features several players that have been drafted by NHL teams. But one 1993-born player that was passed over in the previous two drafts is having a good showing at this WJC, perhaps making himself more of a commodity once the 2012-13 season has ended.
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.