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World Juniors GDT: Sweden vs. Switzerland, 12.28.12


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#1 OFFLINE   Erik C.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 06:05 PM

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December 28, 2012
7:00 AM Eastern
Ufa Sports Palace, Ufa, Russia

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Absent a formal gave preview, I’m including with the team rosters the NHL.com preview written for each team.

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Coach: Roger Ronnberg

Team Roster
#Player NamePos.NHL Rights
8Linus ArnessonDefense2013 Draft Eligible
13Viktor ArvidssonForward2013 Draft Eligible
5Rasmus BengtssonDefenseFlorida Panthers
11Jeremy Boyce RotevallForward2013 Draft Eligible
15Sebastian CollbergForwardMontreal Canadiens
35Oscar DanskGoalieColumbus Blue Jackets
25Jacob de la RoseForward2013 Draft Eligible
4Christian DjoosDefenseWashington Capitals
6Emil DjuseDefense2013 Draft Eligible
16Filip ForsbergForwardWashingotn Capitals
17William KarlssonForwardAnaheim Ducks
1Joel LassinanttiGoalie2013 Draft Eligible
19Elias LindholmForward2013 Draft Eligible
30Niklas LundstromGoalieSt. Louis Blues
29Emil MolinForwardDallas Stars
7Tom NilssonDefenseToronto Maple Leafs
24Rickard RakellForwardAnaheim Ducks
23Victor RaskForwardCarolina Hurricanes
27Filip SandbergForward2013 Draft Eligible
26Nick SorensenForward2013 Draft Eligible
9Mikael VikstrandDefenseOttawa Senators
10Alexander WennbergForward2013 Draft Eligible


Last year: Mika Zibanejad scored the only goal of the gold-medal game against Russia 10:09 into overtime to give Sweden its first World Junior Championship title since 1981. Sweden had won seven silver medals since its prior gold.

2013 NHL Draft watch: Center Elias Lindholm is a potential top-10 pick already playing well against men (21 points in 32 games) with Brynas in the Swedish Elite League. Right wing Nick Sorensen, who plays for the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL, is scoring at near a point-per-game pace, and is No. 16 in Central Scouting's ranking of QMJHL skaters.

Schedule: Dec. 26, Czech Republic, 7 a.m. ET; Dec. 28, Switzerland, 7 a.m. ET; Dec. 29, Latvia, 7 a.m. ET; Dec. 31, Finland, 7 a.m. ET.

Outlook: Six players from last year's title team return, meaning Sweden will have mostly a new squad to defend its title. However, there is a ton of talent, topped by captain and Washington Capitals prospect Filip Forsberg. The forward should supply the scoring that last year's captain, Zibanejad, provided. The goaltending is untested, and the team won't be as deep. Another gold medal is a possibility, but the road to get there will be far more difficult.


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Coach: Sean Simpson

Team Roster
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#Player NamePos.NHL Rights
22Sven AndrighettoForward2013 Draft Eligible
29Eliot AntoniettiDefense2013 Draft Eligible
28Lukas BalmelliForward2013 Draft Eligible
4Phil BaltisbergerDefense2013 Draft Eligible
10Alessio BertaggiaForward2013 Draft Eligible
11Christoph BertschyForwardMinnesota Wild
20Luca BoltshauserGoalie2013 Draft Eligible
27Samuel GuerraDefense2013 Draft Eligible
2Cedric HachlerDefense2013 Draft Eligible
14Dean KukanDefense2013 Draft Eligible
15Mike KunzleForward2013 Draft Eligible
30Robert KuonenGoalie2013 Draft Eligible
19Robin LeoneForward2013 Draft Eligible
8Christian MartiDefense2013 Draft Eligible
12Lino MartschiniForward2013 Draft Eligible
5Mirco MullerForward2013 Draft Eligible
23Martin NessForward2013 Draft Eligible
21Jan NeuenschwanderForward2013 Draft Eligible
1Melvin Nyffeler Goalie2013 Draft Eligible
9Tanner RichardForwardTampa Bay Lightning
24Lukas SieberForward2013 Draft Eligible
25Dario SimionForward2013 Draft Eligible
16Sandro ZanggerForward2013 Draft Eligible


Last year: After two straight years in the medal round, Switzerland won once in the preliminary round. However, its three losses were by a total of six goals. It came back to defeat Latvia and Denmark in the relegation round and finished eighth.

2013 NHL Draft watch: After a run of skilled forwards, keep an eye on a pair of big defensemen. Eliot Antonietti (6-foot-4, 224 pounds) already is a full-time player in the country's top league with Geneve, and is No. 3 in Central Scouting's preliminary ranking of Swiss skaters. Mirco Muller (6-3.25, 184), who plays for the Everett Silvertips in the WHL, is second among the league's first-year blueliners with 18 points in 34 games. He's No. 7 in Central Scouting's ranking of WHL skaters.

Schedule: Dec. 27, Latvia, 7 a.m. ET; Dec. 28, Sweden, 7 a.m. ET; Dec. 30, Finland, 2:30 a.m. ET; Dec. 31, Czech Republic, 2:30 a.m. ET.

Outlook: The eighth-place finish might not look good on paper, but Switzerland took Sweden to a shootout and still had a chance at the medal round before a 6-4 loss to Slovakia in a game it led 4-2 early in the third period. Though it won't have top star Sven Baertschi, the Swiss do return 12 players from a team that was less than 20 minutes from a spot in the medal round. Other teams around them have improved, so a trip to the medal round this time could be tough.


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Posted 28 December 2012 - 10:19 AM

Victor Rask scored the only goal of the shootout to give Sweden a tense 3-2 win over Switzerland in a shootout.

Switzerland played a close and focused first period and skated off with the only goal. That came on an even-man rush that quickly turned in their favour when Lino Martschini made a great pass in the slot to Eliot Antonietii who got off a quick shot that eluded Joel Lassinantti.

The Swedes had the only two power plays of the period and weren’t wanting for good chances, but they either lacked touch around the Swiss net or were stymied by goalie Melvin Nyffeler.


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