The Swedish roster was announced on November 30th, and it features a plethora of talent at all three positions. In goal, they will be anchored by blue-chip prospect (and if you watched the tournament last winter, aspiring actor) Jacob Markstrom. The defense will feature at least two (and potentially three) recent first round draft picks, and the forward group consists of a great mix of speed, skill, and tenacity. On paper, the Swedish team looks like the one to beat heading in to the tournament.
W Mattias Tedenby (2008 1st round pick, New Jersey Devils). Tedenby is seeing limited minutes this season with Jonkoping, but he will be one of the go-to guys for the Swedes. He is small, but feisty and tenacious (not to mention incredibly skilled). He is probably an AHL season away from being an NHL regular. Look for him to have a big tournament..
C Jacob Josefson (2009 1st round pick, New Jersey Devils). Josefson projects to be a strong two-way center (much like current Devil Travis Zajac). He is the total package on the ice – but expect him to play more of an offensive role with this team. He made slide over to the wing depending on how the lines shake out.
W Magnus Svensson Paajarvi (2009 1st round pick, Edmonton Oilers). Paajarvi will dominate this tournament with his combination of size and speed. His skill packaged has earned some Marian Hossa comparisons. Expect him to be one of the most dangerous forwards at this tournament. He projects to be a strong two-way NHL player. Reminds me a bit of Jakub Voracek.
C Marcus Johansson (2009 1st round pick, Washington Capitals). Johansson has upside as an offensive player but he may be put in more of a two-way role at this tournament.
W Dennis Rasmussen (undrafted). Rasmussen has a big frame, but often has been accused of being a bit of a perimeter player. Will be a depth player on this tea,.
W Jakob Silfverberg (2009 2nd round pick, Ottawa Senators). Silfverberg is offensively talented and smart in all areas of the game (that is a statement that can apply to many of the Swedish forwards). He plays a bit soft at times, though. Expect him to play on the third line in a depth offensive role.
C Anton Lander (2009 2nd round pick, Edmonton Oilers). Lander is gritty, tenacious, and skilled defensively. He has a blossoming offensive game, but expect him to be the checking center for Sweden at this tournament.
W Carl Klingberg (2009 2nd round pick, Atlanta Thrashers). Klingberg is a tenacious forechecking presence, a great skater, and a pain to play against. Expect him to be a key agitator at this tournament.
W Anton Rodin (2009 2nd round pick, Vancouver Canucks). Rodin played his way onto this team with a very impressive showing at a recent tournament in Ontario. He isn't getting much time with his SEL team, as his coach seems to favour veterans. He will play a secondary scoring role, but has big time offensive upside. He is lightning quick and very skilled with the puck.<