My predictions on Sweden’s roster for the World Cup of Hockey
1. Henrik Zetterberg
A lock on Team Sweden if he can stay healthy.
2. Gabriel Landeskog
Landeskog is only going to get better, he is going to want to make an impact in this tournament.
3. Nicklas Backstrom
Quite possibly the most underrated player in the NHL, Nick Backstrom is a stud at both ends of the ice and has exceptional playmaking abilities.
4. Henrik Sedin and 5. Daniel Sedin
The twins have been a consistent threat in the NHL for so long, they will definitely be one in this tournament despite their age.
6. Jakob Silfverberg
A star in the making who just came off a career year in points (39) and goals (13), Silfverberg made the Olympic team last year and will definitely be a top player to watch on Sweden during the World Cup.
7. Filip Forsberg
Coming off a 63 point season in his rookie campaign, Forsberg is only going to get better and will be a key contributor for Sweden.
8. Gustav Nyquist
Another late round gem in the Detroit Red Wings’ system, Nyquist should be a useful weapon in Sweden’s artillery.
9. Alexander Steen
A consistent point producer for the St. Louis Blues, Steen can play in many different situations.
10. Loui Eriksson
Eriksson has been very mediocre in Boston, yet he can still be of use to Sweden as bottom six forward.
11. Carl Hagelin
Hagelin is a very fast skater and would be a good fit with the other speedsters on Sweden’s roster.
12. Carl Soderberg
A very reliable forward who can contribute offensively, Soderberg could be an effective player while playing limited minutes.
13. Marcus Johansson
Johansson could be a very good option as a 13th forward or bottom 6 forward.
On the bubble: Marcus Kruger, Patrik Berglund, Johan Franzen,
1. Erik Karlsson
A lock on the blue line, Karlsson is quite possibly the fastest skater in the NHL and a real threat in the offensive end.
2. Victor Hedman
A very reliable defenseman in both ends of the ice and he is only going to get better. It was a huge shock he was not taken on the Olympic team last year.
3. Nicklas Kronwall
Kronwall has been a phenomal defenseman for so long, he does it all. A lock on this team.
4. Oliver Ekman-Larsson
A possible Norris trophy candidate in the future and an incredible defenseman. Despite playing on one of the worst offensive teams in the NHL, Ekman-Larsson was able to score 23 goals and notch 43 points, very impressive for a defenseman.
5. Niklas Hjalmarsson
Often shadowed by Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook on the Blackhawks, Hjalmarsson is an incredible top-4 defenseman, he has also shown he is able to play top-2 minutes when it counts.
6. Anton Stralman
Another underrated defenseman. Stralman is solid and is more than capable of handling top-6 minutes.
7. Alexander Edler
Edler could be a great top-6 defenseman for Sweden, he could even play top-4 minutes if needed, but Sweden’s top-4 is deadly.
On the bubble: John Klingberg, Johnny Oduya, Hampus Lindholm, Adam Larsson
1. Henrik Lundqvist
Guaranteed #1 goaltender for Sweden, Lundqvist is a phenomal goalie, arguably top-3 in the NHL.
2. Jhonas Enroth
Enroth is a very reliable goalie to back up Lundqvist. He was possibly the only positive thing in Buffalo before being traded to the Dallas Stars.
3. Jonas Gustavsson
An ideal 3rd string goalie for Sweden. It is unlikely he will see ice time, but Gustavsson is still reliable.
On the bubble: Robin Lehner, Eddie Lack, Anders Lindback
Enroth, Gustavsson, Lehner, Lack and Lindback could all be backup goalies on team Sweden, but it is nearly impossible that Lundqvist will sit on the bench if he is healthy.
Brandon Murphy – @2murphy8