(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Jacob Larsson and Joel Eriksson Ek, Sweden

By Chapin Landvogt
Jacob Larsson - Team Sweden - 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Team Sweden defenseman and Anaheim Ducks prospect Jacob Larsson will now return to SHL club Frolunda to continue his 2015-16 campaign after the completion of the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)



Team Sweden made a nice run through the preliminary round of the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, finishing atop a tough Group A while compiling the best record among the countries competing at this year’s event in Helsinki, Finland.

Their strong play continued in their quarterfinal match against Slovakia, a game they won 6-0, but the tournament then took a familiar turn for the Swedes. First, they dropped a hard-fought, 2-1 decision to archrival Finland in the semi-finals, then missed out on a medal altogether after losing to the USA by an 8-3 score in the bronze medal game. It was the second straight year that Sweden lost in the WJC’s bronze medal game.

One defenseman that turned in a solid performance for Sweden at this WJC was Jacob Larsson (ANA), who posted a goal and two assists in six games while putting 13 shots on goal and compiling a +3 rating. Meanwhile, forward Joel Eriksson Ek (MIN) filled a second-line role for Sweden at this tournament. Ek scored a game-winning goal and added an assist for two points in six games while finishing with 25 shots on goal and a +2 rating.

Larsson and Eriksson Ek spoke with the media following Sweden’s loss to the USA in the bronze medal game, with their comments being captured in this Hockey’s Future video.

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