SWEDES LOOKING TO BOUNCE BACK FROM SALT LAKE

Veteran Swedish players are returning to this tournament on a mission. The image of Tommy Salo taking a Belarus shot off the head and bouncing in is still fresh in the minds of many Swedes. And this time around the questions are still much the same; will the goaltending be able to hold in Turin? On paper the numbers seem to think the Swedes will be okay. Hendrik Lundqvist and Mikael Tellqvist are both putting up strong numbers in hockey hotbeds New York and Toronto, respectively. Lundqvist has played especially well putting up a 2.06 GAA and a .928 SP% thus far. Expect to see Lundqvist get the start but Tellqvist may see some action as well in the compacted scheduling of the tournament. Even though both tenders have put up good numbers this season it is still the biggest question mark as the Swedes try to re-establish themselves as one of the best hockey nations.

The defence is loaded with experience for the Swedish team and they hold lots of depth in the position as well. Nicklas Lidstrom will be the leader and catalyst of any Sweden attack from its own end or on the powerplay. Lidstrom has the ability to run a powerplay that is not often matched in the NHL. His rushing skills will be magnified on the open ice and with Sweden’s “Torpedo” system expect to see lots of long passes off the stick of Lidstrom. Mattias Ohlund holds one of the best shots in the league and will be feeding off of Lidstrom passes in the offensive end. Kim Johnsson, when healthy, has shown poise, maturity, and the lack of mercy of a veteran defenceman this season with the Flyers. He also has a tremendous offensive upside that will bode well for the second unit. Niklas Kronwall is also enjoyed a breakout year in 2003-04 although his game-shape may be in question after sitting out all season with a knee injury. Veterans Mattias Norstrom and Kenny Jonsson round out the top six with Christian Backman taking the seventh spot.

The Swedes have one of the most potent offences this game has to offer. With a top unit of Mats Sundin, Markus Naslund, and Daniel Alfredsson, and a second line of Fredrik Modin, Peter Forsberg, and Hendrik Zetterberg the Swedes offer a deadly one-two punch. Alfredsson and Forsberg are in a race for the Hart Trophy this season while Sundin and Naslund are instrumental to any attack, and can dictate the pace of a game. Modin and Zetterberg are two natural goal-scorers who will benefit from Forsberg’s vision. The Sedin twins will be a formidable checking line with P.J. Axellson, who has struggled offensively this season, but still remains a responsible defender. The top three lines will see the majority of ice-time with limited shifts given to the fourth-line unit of Jorgen Jonsson, Samuel Pahlsson, and Mikael Samuelsson. Mika Hannula from HV71 will most likely be designated the thirteenth forward. With all of this firepower and experience on the blueline, the Swedes have to be considered a contender. But, these international tournaments tend to come down to goaltending and in such a tight schedule every mistake will be crucial to a team’s standing. Will Lundqvist and Tellqvist be able to carry the load. Considering the level of competition they will be facing it will be very tough for the Swedish team to medal. Expect the Swedes to place out of medal contention in fourth place.


2006 TEAM SWEDEN OLYMPIC ROSTER

Stefan Liv

HV71 Jönköping #1 G

DOB: Dec 21, 1980

Age: 25

Place of Birth: Jonkoping, Sweden

HT: 6-0 WT: 172

Catches: L

NHL Seasons: 0

Drafted by Detroit in 2000.

4th Round, 102nd Overall.

2005-06 GP W L T Min GA SA SO GAA Sv%

- – – – – – – – 0 .000

Henrik Lundqvist

New York Rangers #30 G

DOB: Mar 2, 1982

Age: 23

Place of Birth: Are, Sweden

HT: 5-11 WT: 167

Catches: L

NHL Seasons: 1

Drafted by NY Rangers in 2000.

7th Round, 205th Overall.

2005-06 GP W L T Min GA SA SO GAA Sv%

26 14 5 5 1513.35 54 722 1 2.14 .925

Mikael Tellqvist

Toronto Maple Leafs #32 G

DOB: Sep 19, 1979

Age: 26

Place of Birth: Sundbyberg, Sweden

HT: 5-11 WT: 194

Catches: L

NHL Seasons: 2

Drafted by Toronto in 2000.

3rd Round, 70th Overall.

2002 Olympics.

2005-06 GP W L T Min GA SA SO GAA Sv%

10 5 3 1 580.8 24 298 1 2.48 .919

Christian Backman

St. Louis Blues #55 D

DOB: Apr 28, 1980

Age: 25

Place of Birth: Alingsas, Sweden

HT: 6-4 WT: 198

Shoots: L

NHL Seasons: 2

Drafted by St. Louis in 1998.

1st Round, 24th Overall.

2005-06 GP G A Pts +/- PIM

17 2 7 9 -7 20

Kim Johnsson

Philadelphia Flyers #5 D

DOB: Mar 16, 1976

Age: 29

Place of Birth: Malmo, Sweden

HT: 6-1 WT: 205

Shoots: L

NHL Seasons: 5

Drafted by NY Rangers in 1994.

11th Round, 286th Overall.

2002 Olympics.

2005-06 GP G A Pts +/- PIM

40 4 19 23 +10 32

Kenny Jonsson

Rogle BK #29 D

DOB: Oct 6, 1974

Age: 31

Place of Birth: Angelholm, Sweden

HT: 6-3 WT: 217

Shoots: L

NHL Seasons: 10

Drafted by Toronto in 1993.

1st Round, 12th Overall.

1994 Olympic Gold.

2002 Olympics.

2005-06 GP G A Pts +/- PIM

- – – – – –

Nicklas Lidstrom

Detroit Red Wings #5 D

DOB: Apr 28, 1970

Age: 35

Place of Birth: Vasteras, Sweden

HT: 6-2 WT: 185

Shoots: L

NHL Seasons: 13

Drafted by Detroit in 1989.

3rd Round, 53rd Overall.

1998 Olympics

2002 Olympics

2005-06 GP G A Pts +/- PIM

41 9 30 39 +6 24

Niklas Kronwall

Detroit Red Wings

DOB: Jan 12, 1981

Age: 24

Place of Birth: Stockholm, Sweden

HT: 5-11 WT: 165

Shoots: L

NHL Seasons: 1

Drafted by Detroit in 2000.

1st Round, 29th Overall.

2005-06 GP G A Pts +/- PIM

0 0 0 0 – 0

Mattias Norstrom

Los Angeles Kings #14 D

DOB: Jan 2, 1972

Age: 34

Place of Birth: Stockholm, Sweden

HT: 6-2 WT: 210

Shoots: L

NHL Seasons: 11

Drafted by NY Rangers in 1992.

2nd Round, 48th Overall.

1998 Olympics.

2002 Olympics.

2005-06 GP G A Pts +/- PIM

41 2 14 16 -2 40

Mattias Ohlund

Vancouver Canucks #2 D

DOB: Sep 9, 1976

Age: 29

Place of Birth: Pitea, Sweden

HT: 6-2 WT: 220

Shoots: L

NHL Seasons: 7

Drafted by Vancouver in 1994.

1st Round, 13th Overall.

1998 Olympics.

2002 Olympics.

2005-06 GP G A Pts +/- PIM

41 5 11 16 +2 52

Daniel Alfredsson

Ottawa Senators #11 RW

DOB: Dec 11, 1972

Age: 33

Place of Birth: Goteborg, Sweden

HT: 5-11 WT: 199

Shoots: R

NHL Seasons: 9

Drafted by Ottawa in 1994.

6th Round, 133rd Overall.

1998 Olympics.

2002 Olympics.

2005-06 GP G A Pts +/- PIM

36 25 30 55 +25 16

Per-Johan Axelsson

Boston Bruins #11 LW/RW

DOB: Feb 26, 1975

Age: 30

Place of Birth: Kungalv, Sweden

HT: 6-1 WT: 184

Shoots: L

NHL Seasons: 7

Drafted by Boston in 1995.

7th Round, 177th Overall.

2002 Olympics.

2005-06 GP G A Pts +/- PIM

40 7 12 19 -1 4

Peter Forsberg

Philadelphia Flyers #21 C/W

DOB: Jul 20, 1973

Age: 32

Place of Birth: Ornskoldsvik, Sweden

HT: 6-0 WT: 205

Shoots: L

NHL Seasons: 9

Drafted by Philadelphia in 1991.

1st Round, 6th Overall.

1994 Olympic Gold

1998 Olympics.

2005-06 GP G A Pts +/- PIM

35 14 42 56 +17 30

Mika Hannula

HV71 Jonkoping LW/RW

DOB: Apr 2, 1979

Age: 26

Place of Birth: Huddinge, Sweden

HT: 5-11 WT: 180

Shoots: L

Drafted by Minnesota in 2002.

9th Round, 269th Overall.

2005-06 GP G A Pts +/- PIM

- – – – – –

Jorgen Jonsson

Farjestad, Karlstad LW

DOB: Sep 29, 1972

Age: 33

Place of Birth: Angelholm, Sweden

HT: 6-0 WT: 185

Shoots: L

NHL Seasons: 1

Drafted by Calgary in 1994.

9th Round, 227th Overall.

1994 Olympic Gold.

1998 Olympics.

2002 Olympics.

2005-06 GP G A Pts +/- PIM

- – – – – –

Fredrik Modin

Tampa Bay Lightning #33 D

DOB: Oct 8, 1974

Age: 31

Place of Birth: Sundsvall, Sweden

HT: 6-4 WT: 225

Shoots: L

NHL Seasons: 8

Drafted by Toronto in 1994.

3rd Round, 64th Overall.

2005-06 GP G A Pts +/- PIM

40 17 10 27 +2 34

Markus Naslund

Vancouver Canucks #19 LW

DOB: Jul 30, 1973

Age: 32

Place of Birth: Ornskoldsvik, Sweden

HT: 5-11 WT: 195

Shoots: L

NHL Seasons: 11

Drafted by Pittsburgh in 1991 (1/16).

1st Round, 16th Overall.

2002 Olympics.

2005-06 GP G A Pts +/- PIM

41 22 24 46 -5 36

Samuel Pahlsson

Anaheim Mighty Ducks #26 C

DOB: Dec 17, 1977

Age: 28

Place of Birth: Ornskoldsvik, Sweden

HT: 5-11 WT: 212

Shoots: L

NHL Seasons: 4

Drafted by Colorado in 1996.

7th Round, 176 Overall.

2005-06 GP G A Pts +/- PIM

40 3 7 10 -3 18

Mikael Samuelsson

Detroit Red Wings #37 RW/LW

DOB: Dec 23, 1976

Age: 29

Place of Birth: Mariefred, Sweden

HT: 6-2 WT: 211

Shoots: L

NHL Seasons: 4

Drafted by San Jose in 1998.

5th Round, 145th Overall.

2005-06 GP G A Pts +/- PIM

40 16 12 28 +18 26

Daniel Sedin

Vancouver Canucks #22 LW

DOB: Sep 26, 1980

Age: 25

Place of Birth: Ornskoldsvik, Sweden

HT: 6-1 WT: 200

Shoots: L

NHL Seasons: 4

Drafted by Vancouver in 1999.

1st Round, 2nd Overall.

2005-06 GP G A Pts +/- PIM

41 11 20 31 +4 20

Hendrik Sedin

Vancouver Canucks #33 C

DOB: Sep 26, 1980

Age: 25

Place of Birth: Ornskoldsvik, Sweden

HT: 6-2 WT: 200

Shoots: L

NHL Seasons: 4

Drafted by Vancouver in 1999.

1st Round, 3rd Overall.

2005-06 GP G A Pts +/- PIM

41 9 26 35 +6 26

Mats Sundin

Toronto Maple Leafs #13 C

DOB: Feb 13, 1971

Age: 34

Place of Birth: Bromma, Sweden

HT: 6-5 WT: 231

Shoots: R

NHL Seasons: 14

Drafted by Quebec in 1989.

1st Round, 1st Overall.

1998 Olympics.

2002 Olympics.

2005-06 GP G A Pts +/- PIM

29 9 17 26 +7 20

Hendrik Zetterberg

Detroit Red Wings #40 C/LW

DOB: Oct 9, 1980

Age: 25

Place of Birth: Njurunda, Sweden

HT: 5-11 WT: 176

Shoots: L

NHL Seasons: 2

Drafted by Detroit in 1999.

7th Round, 210th Overall.

2002 Olympics.

2005-06 GP G A Pts +/- PIM

41 18 23 41 +7 14