The Swedish Ice Hockey Federation revealed Thursday the selection camp roster of players who will ultimately compete for spots in the upcoming 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden.
Sweden earned a silver medal at the 2013 WJC after a 3-1 loss to the United States in the gold medal game in Ufa, Russia last season. The country's dramatic 1-0 overtime victory against Russia in the 2012 WJC gold medal match put an end to 30 years of championship futility in the event.
While Sweden missed its chance to become the first country since Canada (2005-2009) to win back-to-back gold medals, the players and coaching staff are looking forward to hosting the event this year.
Sweden coach Rikard Gronborg will take 26 players to training camp from Dec. 16-23 in Ängelholm, Sweden, before announcing its 22-man roster.
Gronborg has nine players from the team last year that earned a silver medal, including goalie Oscar Dansk (Columbus Blue Jackets) of the Erie Otters, defensemen Christian Djoos (Washington Capitals) of Brynas, Linus Arnesson (Boston Bruins) of Djurgardens and Robert Haag (Philadelphia Flyers) of MODO and forwards Jacob de la Rose (Montreal Canadiens) of Leksands, Alexander Wennberg (Columbus) of Frolunda, Sebastian Collberg (Montreal) of Frolunda, Filip Sandberg (2014 draft eligible) of HV 71 and Nick Sorenson (Anaheim Ducks) of the Quebec Remparts.
There are 17 players on the roster drafted by NHL teams, including two each from the Columbus Blue Jackets (Dansk, Wennberg), Washington Capitals (Djoos, Andre Burakowsky) and the Montreal Canadiens (de la Rose, Collberg).
Right wing Anton Karlsson of Frolunda and center Lucas Wallmark of Lulea are two of nine top prospects on the roster eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft in Philadelphia. Both Karlsson and Wallmark are B rated prospects on NHL Central Scouting's November players to watch list. Right wing Edwin Hedberg of MODO is a C rated skater on Central Scouting's watch list.
The Swedes will play in Group B at the WJC against Finland, Russia, Switzerland and Norway at Malmo Arena in preliminary-round competition.
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Author: Mike G. Morreale | NHL.com Staff Writer
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