Olympic outlook: Sweden
Tab Bamford takes a look at what the 2014 Swedish Winter Olympic team could look
CHICAGO, IL -- As the invited select begin gathered for last month's
orientation camps in preparation for the 2014 Winter Olympics, we've
been looking at the potential rosters of the participating countries.
Sweden was disappointed in Vancouver in 2010, especially with both
Daniel and Henrik Sedin hoping to claim a medal in front of their
"home" fans. Many of the same faces will be back in February for the
Swedes, but a few new faces could help win them some hardware this
Let's take a look at the projected roster for Sweden when the Games
begin in Sochi.
Returning Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (s) Additions: Robin Lehner, Viktor Fasth
There's no question who will be in net for Sweden. Lundqvist started
three games in 2010, and had two shutouts in Vancouver.
The additions of Lehner and Fasth will provide a couple names to watch
for 2018, but this is Lundqvist's net.
Returning Defensemen: Niklas Kronwall, Johnny Oduya Additions: Erik Karlsson, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Niklas
Hjalmarsson, Jonas Brodin, Alexander Edler
Not many countries will see as much turnover on their blueline from
2010 to the 2014 lineup as Sweden, but the potential of the new names
joining the team here is enormous.
Sweden had an older group of defensemen in Vancouver, led by Niklas
With Lidstrom, Mattias Ohlund and Magnus Johansson moving on, Sweden
will look to a fantastic group of defensemen to make significant
contributions. Karlsson already has a Norris Trophy at home and
Hjalmarsson has two Stanley Cup rings.
Add the dynamic abilities of Edler, Brodin and Ekman-Larsson and this
is a much-improve unit.
There will be a lot of competition to make the roster as a defenseman
for Sweden, as this project roster leaves Victor Hedman, Henrik
Tallinder, Nicklas Grossman and Jonathan Ericsson at home.
Returning Forwards: Henrik Zetterberg, Daniel Sedin, Henrik
Sedin, Nicklas Backstrom, Loui Eriksson, Johan Franzen, Patric
Hornqvist Maybe: Daniel Alfredsson Additions: Gabriel Landeskog, Carl Hagelin, Gustav Nyquist,
Patrik Berglund, Marcus Kruger
Peter Forsberg and Fredrik Modin have moved on, opening the door for
some young players to join a strong group of forwards.
Alfredsson is the biggest question mark; he wasn't invited to the
orientation camp, but playing with Kronwall, Franzen and Zetterberg in
Detroit might convince him to skate in one more Olympics.
The additions of Landeskog, Berglund, Hagelin and potentially a fourth
Detroit player in Nyquist will add depth up front, but the wild card
could be if Sweden opts to carry a specialist like Kruger. He excelled
on Chicago's penalty kill unit during their Stanley Cup run earlier
this year and could play a significant role in Sweden's special teams.