The next team I take a look at for Sochi 2014 team previews is team Sweden. After winning Gold at the 2006 Olympics held in Turin; Sweden failed to medal at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010. With often high expectations, top-notch playmakers and arguably the world’s best goalie, team Sweden will look to compete for Gold in Sochi 2014, and here is a look at their projected roster.
There is no shortage of playmaking when it comes to team Sweden’s offense. With such an intriguing mix of goal scoring, size and speed, opposing teams will have troubles slowing down Sweden’s illusive forwards. The forward lines will look like:
Spare Forward: Patric Hornqvist
As you can see, there is a nice mix of veterans and young stars. Obviously things can change, but if you ask me, this is a fine group of forwards, who will have no issues generating lots of offense.
The Swedish backend has it all: size, speed, scoring and defensive zone protection. This may be the best defensive group in the tournament. Not only will opposing forwards have trouble generating scoring opportunities, they may have trouble keeping the puck out of their net, as Sweden has some weapons at the point. We are still several months away from the Olympics, but as of now, here is team Sweden’s defense:
Spare Defenseman: Victor Hedman
As dangerous of a team as Sweden has, the strength of their team is by far goaltending. Not only does Sweden have the best goalie in the world in King Henrik, they also have two reliable backups who are ready to make the jump as full time starters in the NHL. As of now, team Sweden goalies look like:
As you can see by looking at team Sweden’s roster, they will be in contention for a Gold medal. They may have the tournaments best mix of offense, defense and to top it off with world class goaltending. I don’t anticipate too many challenges for Sweden, and I can even see them achieve a buy to the semis. Overall, I believe Sweden will be in the Gold medal game, still undecided on the result.