Photo: Frolunda Indians forward and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Alexander Wennberg is leading Sweden on the scoresheet at the 2014 WJC, picking up three goals and four assists in four games (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
As the host team for the 2014 World Junior Championship, Sweden has so far avoided the trap of being a highly-favored host that suffers an ignominious defeat at the hands of a weaker opponent. But the stakes get a little higher for the Swedes with the end of the preliminary round and the start of the playoff round, which sees them facing plucky Slovakia in their quarterfinal match.
Photo: Leksand forward and Montreal Canadiens prospect Jacob de la Rose has played in four World Junior Championships, twice at the U18 version, and twice at the U20 (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
With the clock winding down in regulation and the score deadlocked at 2, Sweden forward Jacob de la Rose drifted towards the front of the Russian goal to deflect a shot by Gustav Olofsson past Russia's goaltender Andrey Vasilevskiy to give Sweden the 3-2 lead and the win at the 2014 World Junior Championship.
Photo: Frolunda Indians forward and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Andreas Johnson has had a productive first full season in the SHL, scoring 14 goals and adding eight assists in 32 games (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)
The hosts of the 2014 World Junior Championship went a perfect 4-0 in the preliminary round, as Sweden dispatched Russia in their final game of the round, 3-2. The win sends the Swedes to a quarterfinal match against Slovakia on Thursday in Malmo, Sweden.
Photo: Quebec Remparts forward and Anaheim Ducks prospect Nick Sorensen is one of 11 returning players from Sweden’s 2013 World Junior roster taking part in this year’s event (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
Injuries the past couple of seasons have limited Sweden forward Nick Sorensen's time on the ice. But, the Anaheim Ducks prospect has managed to stay healthy this season, and is taking part in his second consecutive U20 World Junior Championship.
Photo: Colorado College defenseman and Minnesota Wild prospect Gustav Olofsson (#13) has been effective for the Tigers in his freshman year in that program (courtesy of Dan Sanger/Icon SMI)
While a majority of the players on the roster for Sweden at the 2014 World Junior Championship were plucked directly from that country, there is a handful of Swedes that are plying their trade in North America. One such player is defenseman Gustav Olofsson, a Minnesota Wild prospect who is currently playing NCAA hockey for Colorado College.