December 28, 2012
7:00 AM Eastern
Ufa Sports Palace, Ufa, Russia
Absent a formal gave preview, I’m including with the team rosters the NHL.com preview written for each team.
Coach: Roger Ronnberg
|#||Player Name||Pos.||NHL Rights|
|8||Linus Arnesson||Defense||2013 Draft Eligible|
|13||Viktor Arvidsson||Forward||2013 Draft Eligible|
|5||Rasmus Bengtsson||Defense||Florida Panthers|
|11||Jeremy Boyce Rotevall||Forward||2013 Draft Eligible|
|15||Sebastian Collberg||Forward||Montreal Canadiens|
|35||Oscar Dansk||Goalie||Columbus Blue Jackets|
|25||Jacob de la Rose||Forward||2013 Draft Eligible|
|4||Christian Djoos||Defense||Washington Capitals|
|6||Emil Djuse||Defense||2013 Draft Eligible|
|16||Filip Forsberg||Forward||Washingotn Capitals|
|17||William Karlsson||Forward||Anaheim Ducks|
|1||Joel Lassinantti||Goalie||2013 Draft Eligible|
|19||Elias Lindholm||Forward||2013 Draft Eligible|
|30||Niklas Lundstrom||Goalie||St. Louis Blues|
|29||Emil Molin||Forward||Dallas Stars|
|7||Tom Nilsson||Defense||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|24||Rickard Rakell||Forward||Anaheim Ducks|
|23||Victor Rask||Forward||Carolina Hurricanes|
|27||Filip Sandberg||Forward||2013 Draft Eligible|
|26||Nick Sorensen||Forward||2013 Draft Eligible|
|9||Mikael Vikstrand||Defense||Ottawa Senators|
|10||Alexander Wennberg||Forward||2013 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.
Coach: Sean Simpson
|#||Player Name||Pos.||NHL Rights|
|22||Sven Andrighetto||Forward||2013 Draft Eligible|
|29||Eliot Antonietti||Defense||2013 Draft Eligible|
|28||Lukas Balmelli||Forward||2013 Draft Eligible|
|4||Phil Baltisberger||Defense||2013 Draft Eligible|
|10||Alessio Bertaggia||Forward||2013 Draft Eligible|
|11||Christoph Bertschy||Forward||Minnesota Wild|
|20||Luca Boltshauser||Goalie||2013 Draft Eligible|
|27||Samuel Guerra||Defense||2013 Draft Eligible|
|2||Cedric Hachler||Defense||2013 Draft Eligible|
|14||Dean Kukan||Defense||2013 Draft Eligible|
|15||Mike Kunzle||Forward||2013 Draft Eligible|
|30||Robert Kuonen||Goalie||2013 Draft Eligible|
|19||Robin Leone||Forward||2013 Draft Eligible|
|8||Christian Marti||Defense||2013 Draft Eligible|
|12||Lino Martschini||Forward||2013 Draft Eligible|
|5||Mirco Muller||Forward||2013 Draft Eligible|
|23||Martin Ness||Forward||2013 Draft Eligible|
|21||Jan Neuenschwander||Forward||2013 Draft Eligible|
|1||Melvin Nyffeler||Goalie||2013 Draft Eligible|
|9||Tanner Richard||Forward||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|24||Lukas Sieber||Forward||2013 Draft Eligible|
|25||Dario Simion||Forward||2013 Draft Eligible||16||Sandro Zangger||Forward||2013 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.
This point has been edited by Erik C.: 27 December 2012 - 06:11 PM