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Team Sweden Announced

via IIHF.com,

Team Sweden has been named for Sochi 2014. The men’s team will be looking to improve on its fifth-place finish in Vancouver 2010 with a strong group of core veterans and talented youngsters.

Sweden will go for gold with a roster that sees six returning players from the squad that won it all in Turin 2006: Henrik Lundqvist, Niklas Kronwall, Daniel Alfredsson, Daniel and Henrik Sedin, and Henrik Zetterberg. Alfredsson will be making his fifth Olympic appearance.

All but one of the players (Jimmie Ericsson) are from the NHL. In addition to the players mentioned above, Jonas Gustavsson, Henrik Tallinder, Johnny Oduya, Nicklas Bäckstrom, Loui Eriksson, and Johan Franzén return from the team that played in Vancouver 2010. Two of the rookies that could make a big impact will be Gabriel Landeskog of the Colorado Avalanche and Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators, both of whom are having excellent seasons with their respective clubs.

Sweden

Goalkeepers:
Jhonas Enroth, Buffalo Sabres (NHL)
Jonas Gustavsson, Detroit Red Wings (NHL)
Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers (NHL)

Defencemen:
Alexander Edler, Vancouver Canucks (NHL)
Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Phoenix Coyotes (NHL)
Jonathan Ericsson, Detroit Red Wings (NHL)
Niklas Hjalmarsson, Chicago Blackhawks (NHL)
Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators (NHL)
Niklas Kronwall, Detroit Red Wings (NHL)
Johnny Oduya, Chicago Blackhawks (NHL)
Henrik Tallinder, Buffalo Sabres (NHL)

Forwards:
Daniel Alfredsson, Detroit Red Wings (NHL)
Nicklas Bäckström, Washington Capitals (NHL)
Patrik Berglund, St. Louis Blues (NHL)
Jimmie Ericsson, Skellefteå AIK (SWE)
Loui Eriksson, Boston Bruins (NHL)
Johan Franzén, Detroit Red Wings (NHL)
Carl Hagelin, New York Rangers (NHL)
Marcus Krüger, Chicago Blackhawks (NHL)
Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado Avalanche (NHL)
Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks (NHL)
Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks (NHL)
Jakob Silfverberg, Anaheim Ducks (NHL)
Alexander Steen, St. Louis Blues (NHL)
Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings (NHL)

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BrendonR's avatar

Thought maybe Nyquist would squeeze in there - great to see Tats and Jurco on Team Slovakia.

Posted by BrendonR on 01/07/14 at 11:08 AM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

What the hell? Sammy didn’t make it? Huge mistake by Team Sweden. smile

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 01/07/14 at 11:15 AM ET

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Huge mistake by Team Sweden.

Just wait until the outcry when Danny Cleary is snubbed by Team Canada.

Posted by Garth on 01/07/14 at 11:17 AM ET

Luongo-is-my-hero's avatar

definitely the strongest team.  With the bigger ice, I don’t think USA or Canada can take them out.  Only question mark is in goal, the way lundqvist has been playing this year must be pretty scary, if he manages to get back to his usual standards of domination, they should have a pretty damn good chance at gold at sochi.

Posted by Luongo-is-my-hero on 01/07/14 at 11:32 AM ET

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With the bigger ice, I don’t think USA or Canada can take them out.

What about the ice has changed since 2010 when Canada and the USA got gold and silver respectively and Sweden went home empty handed.

I’ve been telling my gambling friends that I would be on Sweden, but I don’t think that it’s because the US or Canada are going to have problems with the bigger ice surface.

If Canada and the US have problems, Canada’s will probably be goaltending and the US’s will probably because they left off some of the best American players because of a perceived lack of intensity.

Posted by Garth on 01/07/14 at 12:11 PM ET

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I posted something like this in another thread a minute ago, but…

Team Sweden is looking pretty solid, in my opinion - particularly on the back end. 

It will be interesting to see how Lundquist plays going into the Olympics, because of his performance so far this season.  I could see Sweden giving Gus a chance in one of the first couple games. 

I could see Sweden kicking ass, but I think it’s going to come down to if their offense can score enough.

I think the size-of-the-ice-surface thing is sort of irrelevant.  A good portion of each country’s roster plays in the NHL on the smaller surface.  Team Canada and Team USA would be the two countries with the all players playing on the smaller rink, but a good portion of Team Russia (10/25) and pretty much all of Team Sweden’s (24/25) players play in the NHL. 

If the rink size is going to “help” any team, I guess it may be Russia (who already has pressure to win as the host country).

Posted by TreKronor on 01/07/14 at 01:06 PM ET

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Just wait until the outcry when Danny Cleary is snubbed by Team Canada.

There won’t be any outcry. Babcock is the coach, so Buckets is a lock. After all, the Olympics isn’t just a “man’s game,” it’s the “man’s game.” smile

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 01/07/14 at 01:21 PM ET

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The bigger ice will make a huge difference.  All that extra space to make plays.  Its more finesse and speed on this surface.  Imagine how hard it will be to defend against the cycling plays of the Sedins when they have so much space.  Teams will get punished if they play the same way they do in the nhl.  Gonna see a lot of pylons this olympics.

Posted by Luongo-is-my-hero on 01/07/14 at 01:48 PM ET

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Posted by Luongo-is-my-hero on 01/07/14 at 12:48 PM ET

I don’t know that I see the ice size helping certain teams more than others though.  Perhaps it will help the teams which are more offensively geared, to help them cycle the puck as you mentioned.  Maybe this is why the US made such an emphasis on their Defense. 

I see it as one of those things though - the ice is the same size for every team, and after a few practices and a game or two, the players will become more familiar with the size.  Most, if not all, of these players have played on a large rink in the past. 

I think the harder thing for teams with be creating chemistry and understanding the coach’s system.  Sweden has a number of Wings (and Sedins) who will be paired together, likely, but other teams won’t have as many “compatible” players right away.  Some players are magnetic (Datsyuk, Malkin, etc.) and can positively impact their line right away, while others take time to develop the ebb and flow.

It’s always interesting to see how teams adjust between their first and second games.

Posted by TreKronor on 01/07/14 at 02:09 PM ET

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The bigger ice will make a huge difference.

Care to back this up with any sort of evidence?

I’ll reiterate: Canada won gold on the bigger ice surface at the last Olympics, the US won silver on the bigger ice surface at the last Olympics and Sweden was shut out of the medal rounds altogether.

Imagine how hard it will be to defend against the cycling plays of the Sedins when they have so much space.

Imagine how hard it will be to defend against Crosby and Stamkos, Kessel and Kane, Ovechkin and Datsyuk.  Hell add Hemsky and Krejci, Selanne and Koviu, Hossa and Tatar.

What’s your point?  The great offensive players on every team are going to have more room to work and the defensemen on every team are going to have a harder time defending against them.

Why are the Swedes going to be the only ones who benefit from the bigger ice surface?

Posted by Garth on 01/07/14 at 02:32 PM ET

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I’ll reiterate: Canada won gold on the bigger ice surface at the last Olympics, the US won silver on the bigger ice surface at the last Olympics and Sweden was shut out of the medal rounds altogether.

2010 Olympics were on an NHL-sized rink. Not an international rink.

Posted by larry on 01/07/14 at 04:24 PM ET

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2010 Olympics were on an NHL-sized rink.

Well then, I withdraw that point.

Posted by Garth on 01/07/14 at 05:24 PM ET

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fyi:

Garth, the 2010 Olympics were in Vancouver.

They played games on the Canuck rink, which is nhl-sized because it’s an nhl rink.

Posted by alwaysaurie on 01/07/14 at 06:52 PM ET

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Posted by alwaysaurie on 01/07/14 at 05:52 PM ET

Thanks for pointing that out again an hour and a half later.

Posted by Garth on 01/07/14 at 09:55 PM ET

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