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Sochi Winter Olympics 2014: Previewing Sweden's men's hockey team

Can Henrik Lundqvist cement his legacy as one of the best goaltenders of our generation?

Bruce Bennett

2010 Olympic Performance: 5th (L) 4-3, Slovakia - Quarterfinals

Winnipeg Jets' representation: none

Players to Watch: Nicklas Backstrom (C), Erik Karlsson (D), Henrik Lundqvist (G), Daniel Sedin (LW),

Tournament Dark Horse: Oliver Ekman-Larsson (D)

February 12, 2014 11:00AM CZE vs. SWE
February 14, 2014 6:30AM SWE vs. SUI
February 15, 2014 11:00AM SWE vs. LAT

Daniel Alfredsson (a) RW 41 NHL Detroit Red Wings
Nicklas Backstrom C 26 NHL Washington Capitals
Patrik Berglund C 25 NHL St.Louis Blues
Jimmie Ericsson LW/RW 33 SHL Skelleftae
Loui Eriksson RW 28 NHL Boston Bruins
Carl Hagelin LW 25 NHL New York Rangers
Marcus Kruger C 23 NHL Chicago Blackhawks
Gabriel Landeskog LW 21 NHL Colorado Avalanche
Daniel Sedin LW 33 NHL Vancouver Canucks
Marcus Johansson C/LW 23 NHL Washington Capitals
Jacob Silfverberg RW 23 NHL Anaheim Ducks
Gustav Nyquist RW 24 NHL Detroit Red Wings
Alexander Steen LW 29 NHL St.Louis Blues
Henrik Zetterberg (c) LW 33 NHL Detroit Red Wings
Alexander Edler D 27 NHL Vancouver Canucks
Oliver Ekman-Larsson D 22 NHL Phoenix Coyotes
Jonathan Ericsson D 29 NHL Detroit Red Wings
Niklas Hjalmarsson D 26 NHL Chicago Blackhawks
Erik Karlsson D 23 NHL Ottawa Senators
Niklas Kronwall D 33 NHL Detroit Red Wings
Johnny Oduya D 32 NHL Chicago Blackhawks
Henrik Tallinder D 35 NHL Buffalo Sabres
Jhonas Enroth G 25 NHL Buffalo Sabres
Jonas Gustavsson G 29 NHL Detroit Red Wings
Henrik Lundqvist G 31 NHL New York Rangers
STATUS PLAYER Professional Team
IN Gustav Nyquist Detroit Red Wings
OUT Johan Franzen Detroit Red Wings
IN Marcus Johanssen Washington Capitals
OUT Henrik Sedin Vancouver Canucks


Handsome Hank: Despite having a bit of a down year (a .918 SV% is what consists of a "down year" for him) Henrik Lundqvist is always in the conversation for the best goaltender in the world. Now that the Olympics are upon us, he'll have a chance to yet again showcase his chops on the national stage.

Most team depth: With the exception of Canada, there is no other nation that hosts the top-to-bottom talent that Sweden does. They have selected a fundamentally sound group of forwards, a chorus of puck-moving defencemen and one of the most elite goaltenders of our generation. Even without the services of Johan Franzen and Henrik Sedin, the Swedes are poised for the podium.


Seriously?: This team is built to win and has basically no holes. I suppose if you want to nitpick you can point to the selections of Nicklas Hjalmarsson or Johnny Oduya over say Victor Hedman or Jonas Brodin but you have to admire their choice of experience over skill. Should Sweden falter in this tournament, it surely will be of colossal magnitude. The inclusions or Hedman and Brodin doesn't make this team any better than they currently are.