Olympics: Team Sweden Defense 2014

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  1. arshonagon

    arshonagon Registered User

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    By 2014 a lot of the mainstays of Swedens defense for a long time will most likely not be competing. Ohlund and Lidstrom will most likely be gone. Pretty obvious this is inspired by the team Canada thread. So who do you think makes the team in 2014?

    Enstrom-Edler
    Karlsson-Kronwall
    Hedman-Hjalmarsson
    Murray

    Here is what my prediction is.
     
  2. El_Loco_Avs

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    Larsson?
     
  3. PRNuck

    PRNuck Sell the team.

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    Good squad. I haven't been following him too closely, but surprised no mention of OEL.
     
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    oh my gosh thats 3 years away.... soooo many things will be different by then
     
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    the swedes will be hard to predict since there are so many young d-man (Hedman, OEL, Karlsson, Larsson, etc.) and we don't know how they'll develop.
     
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    I went with the two young guys of the four young Swedes I considered (OEL Larsson Hedman Karlsson) that I felt would be the best of the four in 3 years. I contemplated taking 3 or 4 of them but thought that the Swedish brass in general does not take a lot of very young players.
     
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    Swedes produce quite a bit of all-round dmen. I'd expect Erixon to be up there too because his game is a bit more rounded than some of the other younger guys but yeah, I can see the prospects displacing Hjalmarsson and possibly even Kronwall/Murray as they'll be slightly older by then.
     
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    There can be kids drafted in the next year or two who could be on any Olympic roster. It's pretty dumb to try to do it now.
     
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    OEL will win a Norris in his career, believe you me.
     
  10. don't see it happening
     
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    That's true. All you mention seems to have high potential. I could see a rather young line-up, perhaps with some veteran in just for the sake of stability.

    (age 2014)
    Enström (29) -Edler (27)
    Karlsson (23) -Murray (33)
    Hedman (23)- Strålman (27)
    OEL (22)

    At least one heavy guy/pairing. One veteran who also can beat up people who do not behave.

    Murray and Strålman with least potential, but they are still ok players. The rest of them can be #1 D-men on their teams in 3 years (except OEL if he does not have a real good development or Yandle get traded).

    A rather young Defense, on the verge on being to young - but the potential skill is so high for this squad so it would be worth a try.
     
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    Anyone drafted 2012 or later will likely not make it by 2014, sort of like Hedman for 2010 (which was the correct decision). Karlsson, OEL, and Hedman (am I forgetting someone) will all have a good shot at making it if they keep on improving.

    People like A. Larsson and Erixon are harder to predict, as they will have "intermediate" experience, but it may be risky to rely on 21ish year olds to defend during the Olympics.

    I think Enstrom and Edler will be there. I think they're top 6 Swedish defense-men now and I don't see enough players from the younger ones getting better than them by the time 2014 rolls around. Kronwall has a good shot too, since he will be able to provide a veteran presence (OG gold, Cup). I hope they don't bring Murray along. While I like him as a player, he's not skilled enough to play the "Swedish" game.

    Also, it will depend on if they bring 7 or 8 guys. I hope they don't go for 8 again :shakehead as I would prefer if there was room to replace a gamble forward like Weinhandl (sp) who didn't work out at all last Olympics. Had they had 7 D and brought Samuelsson, they could have sat Weinhandl and they may have made it to the Semis at least.
     
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    Why isn't this thread in the international tournaments part of the boards? :dunno:
     
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    Enstrom and Edler will be the backbone in 2014 imo, starting to reach prime age. Kronwall will likely be a veteran on the team too(not that I think he will be bad by then, he might be better than he is now). After that it's hard to predict, so many young first rounders right now + Hjalmarsson that are really hard to predict where they'll be at in three years. But I doubt Murray, Tallinder and those middle aged players are good enough to crack the top7 over those young and coming players by then. The new generation will be the core from now on.
     
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    dim jim Passing the Torch

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    Edler-Enstrom
    Kronwall-Hedman
    OEL-Larsson
    Murray
     
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    The way Rundblad's killing it in the SEL, he should also be given some consideration.
     
  17. The Architect

    The Architect Mmm yes indeed

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    I hope Murray is on it.... love me some Crankshaft.
     
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    Lidstrom will only be 43.
     
  19. I don't see OEL making this team.
     
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    Would like to see Grossman join Eriksson on the team, needs to improve though.
     
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    Pentothal Listen with one ear

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    I like both of them, but I hope to never see Kronwall and Karlsson being paired together.
     
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    If tearing up the SEL is the entry criteria former NHL superstar Cristian Bäckman is a shoe in. He has better ppg avarage then future NHL superstar David Rundblad.

    See what I did there? :sarcasm:
     
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    He does bring up a good point though. There is often a few Swedish players from the SEL on the Olympic team.
     
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    No...he doesn't...I must be missing your point. Rundblad has 44 points in 50 games or whatever it is, when did Backman do that?
     
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    Systemfel <b><i>Hockey Talk by Country</b></i>

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    PPG = Points per game

    Bäckman: 15 pts / 17 GP = 0.88 pts per game
    Rundblad: 44 pts / 51 GP = 0.86 pts per game
     
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