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World Juniors GDT: Sweden vs. Finland, 12.31.12

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#1 OFFLINE   Erik C.

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 06:29 PM

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December 31, 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: Harri Rindell

Team Roster
#Player NamePos.NHL Rights
15Miro AaltonenForward2013 Draft Eligible
10Joel ArmiaForwardBuffalo Sabres
8Henri AuvinenDefense2013 Draft Eligible
16Aleksander BarkovForward2013 Draft Eligible
11Markus GranlundForwardCalgary Flames
13Markus HannikainenForward2013 Draft Eligible
19Ville JarvelainenForward2013 Draft Eligible
31Janne JuvonenGoalie2013 Draft Eligible
30Joonas KorpisaloGoalieColumbus Blue Jackets
24Matti LambergForward2013 Draft Eligible
1Eetu LaurikainenGoalie2013 Draft Eligible
28Artturi LehkonenForward2013 Draft Eligible
26Robert LeinoForward2013 Draft Eligible
4Petteri LindbohmDefenseSt. Louis Blues
2Olli MaattaDefensePittsburgh Penguins
21Thomas NykoppForward2013 Draft Eligible
12Ville PokkaDefenseNew York Islanders
3Juuso RiikolaDefense2013 Draft Eligible
5Rasmus RistolainenDefense2013 Draft Eligible
23Saku SalminenForward2013 Draft Eligible
22Miikka SalomakiForwardNashville Predators
20Teuvo TervainenForwardChicago Blackhawks
27Juuso VainioDefense2013 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.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 04:27 PM

In a wild clash of Nordic foes, Sweden blew an early 3-0 lead against Finland but rallied for a 7-4 win. First in Group A, the Swedes earn a semi-final bye, while Finland heads to relegation play.
The Swedes have set themselves up nicely to defend their 2012 world title, the first one they’d won in 31 years. They’re now just two wins away from repeating under coach Roger Rönnberg.

"Right now, we haven’t won anything," noted Swedish captain Filip Forsberg. "We’re just going to go out in the semis and hunt for the final spot. It’s no big deal to calm our guys down."

The highly touted Finns theoretically could have finished first in the group by defeating Sweden by three or more goals, or second (two goals). Instead, they failed to achieve their minimum goal of getting this game into overtime, which would have earned them the single point they needed to unseat Switzerland for third place and a quarter-final berth in Group B.

"We tried to have a good start, but we had the opposite," said Finland's Joel Armia. "It’s so hard to win the game when the other team is three goals ahead."

Instead, Switzerland moves on. In an interesting spectacle, the Swiss team gathered in one corner of Ufa’s Sports Palace, near the press tribune, dressed in toques and team jackets, cheering wildly for each Swedish goal.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 07:26 PM

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