Video: 2013 World Junior Championship – Viktor Arvidsson, Sweden

By Chapin Landvogt

Viktor Arvidsson - Sweden

Photo: Swedish forward Viktor Arvidsson, shown here celebrating a goal in a game at the U.S. Evaluation Camp, hopes to celebrate a bit more as Sweden faces the USA for gold at the 2013 WJC (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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.

That player is Viktor Arvidsson, a smallish, energetic forward with a bit of a scoring touch. Arvidsson has totaled five points to date at this tournament, scoring four goals and adding one assist in five games.  He has pumped 24 shots on goal so far, with only Filip Forsberg having more shots on goal (28) for Sweden.

Arvidsson plays for Skelleftea of the Swedish Elite League (SEL), a top club in that league. In 32 games for that team this season, he has scored five goals and chipped in four assists for nine points.

Arvidsson and his Swedish teammates will face the USA in the gold medal game as they attempt to be the first country to win back-to-back gold since Canada's string of five consecutive gold medals ended in 2010.

Arvidsson spoke with Hockey's Future following Sweden's win over Russia in the semi-final game.


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