Sweden Olympic Hockey Team 2014: Full 25-Man Roster, Projected Lines, Pairings
Team Sweden's hockey roster is now set for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. It features a good blend of young talent and veteran experience throughout the squad. Surprisingly, talented young defenceman Jonas Brodin and Victor Hedman were not included on the team.
Expect Sweden to be not only a threat to earn a medal but to play for gold, a real possibility given the talent and depth they have at each position.
Sweden comes into the event as the 2013 IIHF World Champions. With strong play from their top stars and the Sedin twins headlining, they should cause fits for all of their opponents.
What follows is the full 25-man roster followed by a breakdown of the team by lines, pairings, goaltenders and additional players.
All statistics can be found on hockeydb.com unless otherwise noted.
Complete 25-Man Roster
Forwards: Daniel Alfredsson, Nicklas Backstrom, Patrick Berglund, Jimmie Ericsson, Loui Eriksson, Johan Franzen, Carl Hagelin, Marcus Kruger, Gabriel Landeskog, Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, Jakob Silfverberg, Alexander Steen, Henrik Zetterberg.
Defencemen: Alexander Edler, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Jonathan Ericsson, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Erik Karlsson, Niklas Kronwall, Johnny Oduya, Henrik Tallinder.
Goaltenders: Jhonas Enroth, Jonas Gustavsson, Henrik Lundqvist.
1st Forward Line
Daniel Sedin, Left Wing: One of the best left wings in the game over the past decade. He'll flourish on the Olympic-sized ice and will be vital to Sweden's success.
Henrik Sedin, Centre: Along with brother Daniel, he should be at or near the top of the Olympic scoring race.
Alexander Steen, Right Wing: Steen has been ripping up the NHL this season. Expect him to continue his dominant play in Sochi. His recent concussion remains an issue, however.
What's Expected: Steen may see duty on a couple of different lines, but the presence of the Sedins should make this one of the top two or three lines in the tournament.
2nd Forward Line
Gabriel Landeskog, Left Wing: The Colorado Avalanche captain brings tenacity, grit and scoring touch to this line. His exuberance should prove infectious as well.
Henrik Zetterberg, Centre: Henrik Zetterberg is one of the top two-way forwards in the game, and fans can expect him to continue his stellar play at the Olympics.
Loui Eriksson, Right Wing: Eriksson is one of the more underrated wingers in the game. His skill set should mesh well with Landeskog's determined play and Zetterberg's exceptional playmaking ability.
What's Expected: This line will play a puck-possession style that will be very difficult to defend on the bigger ice. Not many lines will be more creative than this one.
3rd Forward Line
Johan Franzen, Left Wing: Franzen is one of the game's best from within 10 feet of the net. He'll see a lot of key power-play time as well.
Nicklas Backstrom, Centre: The Washington Capitals pivot has skill to burn. He could be a dark horse to lead the team in scoring.
Jakob Silfverberg, Right Wing: Silfverberg is a versatile winger who could play in the top six if required. He'll mesh very well with these two veterans.
What's Expected: This line could be leaned on for points in certain games, but solid play in all three zones will be what's most expected from them.
4th Forward Line
Carl Hagelin, Left Wing: The New York Rangers winger will provide some important energy on this line.
Patrik Berglund, Centre: This former first-round pick will be counted upon to play excellent defence based on his ability to play solid hockey in all three zones for St. Louis.
Daniel Alfredsson, Right Wing: This will be a different spot in the lineup for the veteran star, but he'll fill whatever role he's asked to for his national team.
What's Expected: Given the compacted schedule in Sochi and the combined talents of these three skaters, this line could play upwards of 12 minutes per game. They will more than hold their own against other bottom-six opponents.
Jimmie Ericsson, Right Wing: Expect Ericsson to feature only if injuries occur in Sochi.
Marcus Kruger, Centre: The Chicago Blackhawks pivot can provide some great depth minutes should Sweden suffer any injuries at the forward position.
1st Defensive Pairing
Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Left Defence: Ekman-Larsson has one of the best all-around games in the sport today. This could be the biggest two weeks of his young career.
Erik Karlsson, Right Defence: Expect Karlsson to shine alongside the very talented Ekman-Larsson.
What's Expected: While Ekman-Larsson is so much more than a shutdown defender, he's going to be the defensive conscience in this pair. This pair will log huge minutes for the tournament's entirety.
2nd Defensive Pairing
Jonathan Ericsson, Left Defence: Ericsson is currently out with a broken rib, but he'd help to form an imposing shutdown pair with his Detroit teammate.
Niklas Kronwall, Right Defence: Kronwall will provide some much-needed size and the ability to take the body from the blue-line position.
What's Expected: This pair will play a lot of tough minutes and will be tasked with playing against other team's top offensive units on a number of shifts.
3rd Defensive Pairing
Niklas Hjalmarsson, Left Defence: The Chicago Blackhawks rearguard can provide some solid defensive zone play in a limited role in Sochi.
Johnny Oduya, Right Defence: Oduya can chip in offensively if required, but expect him to stick to his defensive role with his Chicago teammate.
What's Expected: This pair helps to fill out a top six that can compete with most other defence groups in the entire competition.
Alex Edler, Defence: The Vancouver Canuck continues to be plagued by injury, but if healthy he could be a key contributor from the point.
Henrik Tallinder, Defence: The 6'4" Buffalo Sabres defender won't put up many points in Sochi, but he can be a minute-eater should Sweden need him.
Henrik Lundqvist, Starter: Lundqvist has been one of the top goaltenders in the world for a number of seasons. While not at his best this year in the NHL, the Swedes will count on him to be in top form in Sochi.
Jonas Gustavsson, Backup: There is an obvious Detroit flavour to this club, and the Red Wings backup will likely fill the same role in Sochi. He's been very good in Detroit this season, posting 11 wins in limited starts.
Jhonas Enroth, Third String: The Buffalo Sabre has been a very good backup to Ryan Miller in Buffalo. He brings experience and athleticism to the crease if required.