Prospect Ramblings: Projecting Team Sweden for the WJC

Jokke Nevalainen

2018-12-01

 

Article has been updated on December 5th after the release of the final camp roster.

 

The World Juniors are just three weeks away. Time to get excited! I released my projected Team Finland for the WJC a few days ago. This time, it’s time to project Team Sweden. My Finnish team had 25 players but apparently WJC teams are only allowed to register 23 players on their rosters, so I cut them down to that number for the Swedes.

 

This lineup is created with the assumption Rasmus Dahlin won’t be available for the Swedes. Yeah, I think it’s safe to say he’s not going anywhere from Buffalo.

 

Without further ado, let’s go through the lineup one line at a time.

 

Forwards

 

First line: Lucas ElvenesIsac LundeströmEmil Bemström

 

I’m assuming the Ducks release Lundeström for the tournament since he’s been playing in the AHL recently. Lundeström is the best all-around forward on this team, so I’m expecting him to play big minutes in all situations for the Swedes. Elvenes is a very talented playmaking winger whereas Bemström is one of the best goal-scorers in the tournament, so I think this line could do some serious damage. They should also stick together on the power play where Elvenes runs things from the right half-wall while Bemström shoots one-timers from the left side. Elvenes and Bemström played together at the most-recent U20 tournament in Czech Republic but the center between them was changing every game. Obviously they didn’t have Lundeström available there, so getting him should solve the issue.

 

Second line: Filip Hållander