(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Nylander powers Sweden to win over Switzerland

By Ken McKenna
Marcus Davidsson - Team Sweden - 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship

Photo: Team Sweden forward and 2017 prospect Marcus Davidsson played in 45 games for Djurgarden’s SuperElit club, posting 17 goals and 40 points in 2015-16 (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)



Team Sweden picked up their first regulation win of the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship, beating Switzerland by an 8-1 score on Day 5 of the tournament. The win leaves the Swedes tied with Russia in Group A as they head into their showdown on the final day of the preliminary round, but neither team can displace Team USA at the top of Group A.

The star of Sweden’s win over Switzerland was forward Alexander Nylander (Mississauga – OHL), who registered two goals and four assists on the day. Forward Tim Wahlgren (MODO – SWE) turned in a multi-goal effort, as well, posting a natural hat trick that was the fastest three goals scored by a player in the history of this U18 tournament. In all, 10 players hit the scoresheet for Sweden in the win.

Another multi-goal player for Sweden was Marcus Davidsson, a forward who plays for Djurgarden in the SuperElit (J20) league. Davidsson’s first goal against the Swiss was the game-winner, with both of his goals coming on the power play.

Davidsson, who is first eligible for the NHL Draft in 2017, spoke with Hockey’s Future for this HF video following the win over Switzerland.

Game highlights from the Sweden-Switzerland match can be viewed below.

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