December 31, 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: Harri Rindell
|#||Player Name||Pos.||NHL Rights|
|15||Miro Aaltonen||Forward||2013 Draft Eligible|
|10||Joel Armia||Forward||Buffalo Sabres|
|8||Henri Auvinen||Defense||2013 Draft Eligible|
|16||Aleksander Barkov||Forward||2013 Draft Eligible|
|11||Markus Granlund||Forward||Calgary Flames|
|13||Markus Hannikainen||Forward||2013 Draft Eligible|
|19||Ville Jarvelainen||Forward||2013 Draft Eligible|
|31||Janne Juvonen||Goalie||2013 Draft Eligible|
|30||Joonas Korpisalo||Goalie||Columbus Blue Jackets|
|24||Matti Lamberg||Forward||2013 Draft Eligible|
|1||Eetu Laurikainen||Goalie||2013 Draft Eligible|
|28||Artturi Lehkonen||Forward||2013 Draft Eligible|
|26||Robert Leino||Forward||2013 Draft Eligible|
|4||Petteri Lindbohm||Defense||St. Louis Blues|
|2||Olli Maatta||Defense||Pittsburgh Penguins|
|21||Thomas Nykopp||Forward||2013 Draft Eligible|
|12||Ville Pokka||Defense||New York Islanders|
|3||Juuso Riikola||Defense||2013 Draft Eligible|
|5||Rasmus Ristolainen||Defense||2013 Draft Eligible|
|23||Saku Salminen||Forward||2013 Draft Eligible|
|22||Miikka Salomaki||Forward||Nashville Predators|
|20||Teuvo Tervainen||Forward||Chicago Blackhawks|
|27||Juuso Vainio||Defense||2013 Draft Eligible|
Last year: After losing to Canada in its tournament opener, Finland didn't lose again until a 3-2 setback to Sweden in the semifinals. Finland finished fourth after losing 4-0 to Canada in the bronze-medal game.
2013 NHL Draft watch: Alexander Barkov is a likely top-five pick in June. Central Scouting's top-ranked Finnish skater is dominating SM-liiga, the top Finnish professional league, with 14 goals and 28 points in 32 games. Defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen is considered a top-end all-round defenseman who can dominate at both ends of the rink.
Schedule: Dec. 26, Latvia, 2:30 a.m. ET; Dec. 28, Czech Republic, 2:30 a.m. ET; Dec. 30, Switzerland, 2:30 a.m. ET; Dec. 31, Sweden, 7 a.m. ET.
Outlook: Finland could be the surprise team of the tournament, and its matchup with Sweden on New Year's Eve likely will decide the winner of Group A and which team gets a bye into the semifinals. Finland has talent and depth at all positions and will be well-coached. A medal is a serious possibility.