World Cup Roster… Mother Svea.
So some nations have gotten there World Cup Roster posted here in the resent days. So lets take a closer look at what might be expected from Mother Svea. All the names are pretty much set so lets look at them and guess what lines we will see.
Per Johan Axelsson
Mikael Nylander (if healthy then)
Yared Hagosh (representing the juniors)
So what do we think? Lets start by the goalies… both Salo and Hedberg have bin turned down by the GM and by a chance of about 95% Stefan Liv will be the starter (unless Tellquist plays out Belfour… fat chance that, that will happen this sesson.). Stefan Liv whom have enjoyed a fantastic season in Sweden and have in a Brodeurian fashion played ALL the games this season, it has gone so far that the Blue Bulls GM Dag Lasrsson sent the back up Bosse Ahl to the minors, leaving the team with only one goalie from time to time.
The defense looks as stacked as ever, bare in mind that if any of the d-men ends up on the injury list coach Hardy Nilsson still have names like Per Gustavsson, Fredrik Oalusson, Kenny Jönsson, Henrik Tallinder, Markus Ragnarsson, Pierre Hedin, Niklas Kronwall and Tommy Alberlin to put up… I see no flaw there.
What might be a flaw in the Swedish armor is the offense. Shure there is players like Forberg, Sundin, Näslund, Zätterberg and Alfredsson but I share would like to see two or tree more players like them in the line up. Will Jörgen Jönsson play instead of Andreas Johansson I mean it can be good to have the (c)apitano in the lineup.
And here are my predictions for the lines
Sundström, Sundin, Holmström
Zetterberg, Forsberg, Nilsson
Huselius, Nylander/Johansson or Jönsson, Näslund
Axelsson, Hagosh, Alfredsson
Sundin will demand to play with Holmström and Sundström and Hardy Nilsson will not say no corse he know what that trio can do.
Z:ta and Foppa plays great together but will need a bodyguard and there Marcus Nilsson will fit right in, unless Hardy Nilsson thinks it’s to risky to have mr: fight club in the second line.
Huselius, Nylander and Näslund are all offensive speedsters that can shock the other team, but they are all offensive players and it could be a good thing have a ultra defensive player like Jörgen Jönsson I a line like that.
Axelsson and Alfredsson will ad a good scoring touch to the potential star Yared Hagosh whom is an excellent play maker…
So there you have it… Thoughts?
*Note: Please don’t drag the name Henrik Lundqist in to this discussion. He is now on his first season as a starter and many beleafes where confirmed… He is a great backup goalie but he will never stand a 50 game season. He have bin lousy this season and many thinks that he was riding on the great streak that the great Förlunda had last season and the great starter Norena.