Team Sweden announces their Sochi Roster and it is full of National Hockey League talent. Only one member of Tres Kronos is not coming from
the North American game, and that is Jimmie Ericsson who is joining the team from Skellefteå AIK, while his brother Jonathan of the Detroit Red Wings does not get the nod.
Goaltending should not be an issue for the international blue and gold – they are taking NHL stars Henrik Lundqvist (New York Rangers), Jonas Gustavsson (Detroit Red Wings), and Jhonas Enroth (Buffalo Sabres). No doubt Lundqvist will trade his red, white, and blue to be the goalie number one in Sochi – and Enroth and Gustavsson make very strong backup options.
Thirteen members of the failed 2010 squad are returning. Sweden had a poor showing in Vancouver, dropping fifth in the tournament. Six players who won Gold in Torino – the last time the wide ice surface was used.
Two players joining the team that weren’t part of the 2010 Olympics are Erik Karlsson, the 2012 Norris Trophy winner and Gabriel Landeskog, captain of the Colorado Avalanche. Oliver Ekman-Larsson, a rising star among young defenseman in the league, rounds out one of the deepest teams in the tournament not named Team Canada.
Team Sweden plays in Group C and should be a dominating force in that group – and should be a strong medal contender. Sweden has members from 13 different teams, 12 from the NHL and one from the SEL.
Olympic tournament is scheduled to start in Sochi, Russia on February 7th, 2014.