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September 3, 2013 | 4:59pm ET
Olympic outlook: Sweden
Tab Bamford takes a look at what the 2014 Swedish Winter Olympic team could look like.

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 time.

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 Lidstrom.

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.

Tab Bamford is a Columnist for The Fourth Period Magazine. Be sure to follow him on Twitter.


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