What are the chances that the Swedes can win a medal in their home World Junior Championship? In the 2013 WJC they reached the finals and lost 3-1 to the United States. They hope that in Malmo they can win the gold medal rather than the silver medal.
They have nine players returning to the tournament from their silver medal performance, which involved Dallas Stars prospect Emil Molin. Ludwig Bystrom being left off last years team was considered a big surprise and due to his mixed play leading up to the tournament. He is on their selection roster this year and will likely play for 'Tres Krona' in front of their home crowd.
The Swedes always bring a highly talented roster of players to the WJC and this year is no different. Eighteen of the 27 players on the selection roster have been drafted, three are eligible in 2014 and six were undrafted. They include players such as Robert Hagg, Jacob de la Rose, Elias Lindholm and Alexander Wennberg.
Ludwig Bystrom, despite being left off last years team, will likely play a top four role for Sweden. His play in the SHL has been excellent this year and he has proven himself to be effective. He is only one of five players drafted in 2012 on the Swedish roster.
Sweden, especially in front of its home crowd, will hope to be in the gold medal game once again. It should easily make it into the Quarter Finals, perhaps topping their group and automatic assignment to the Semi Finals.
Their group includes Russia, Switzerland, Finland and Norway.
26th December: Switzerland vs Sweden 12.00CT
28th December: Sweden vs Finland 8.00CT
29th December: Norway vs Sweden 10.30CT
31st December: Sweden vs Russia 7.00CT