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Sweden vs. Finland – Saturday, August, 10, 2013 @ 4:15pm EST
#4 Christian Djoos – D: He was one of Sweden’s better D-man on the day. He showed good puck poise, solid puck moving decisions, and was steadily involved with the play. He tallied Sweden’s second goal of the game after pinching in from point as he received across ice pass from Wallmark. He wisely held the puck with a quick fake, got Saros to commit early and go down then Djoos made no mistake and swiftly went high blocker-side. The knock you hear on Djoos is lack of consistency. If he puts it altogether every night this 7th rounder might find a job in the NHL.
#8 Linus Arnesson –D: He is a big, mobile D-man that just shuts down the opposition. He is not overly gifted in the offensive zone, yet plays smart with the puck, makes good breakout passes, and tough to beat on the defensive side. He was recently selected in 2nd round by the Boston Bruins as every team a smart, solid, steady, shut-down D-man.
#9 Jacob de la Rose – F: Montreal’s recent 2nd round selection showed a lot of jump and pizazz in this game. Right from the get-go he whipped down the left wing and let sail a booming shot that rang pipe. Later on in the first period he was the first to score as he burst through the neutral zone down the middle and teammate Sandberg touched the pass over into high slot as de la Rose skated into it and then he simply beat Finland’s Saros with quick, low blocker-side snap shot. He was denied by Saros in the shootout, but regardless he was displaying good moves, skating ability, offensive instincts, playmaking, and creating chances. He was probably Sweden’s best forward in this game. He brings good size with his mobility too.[sociallocker]
#10 Alexander Wennberg – F: The Columbus Blue Jacket 1st rounder was a little quiet. He is still a little lanky like last summer’s NJEC and could add more strength and muscle to frame. Wennberg does play a solid game in all 3-zones and overall has good skills from skating, passing, stick handling, shooting and also hockey sense. He was kept off the score sheet but did slip a greasy goal past Saros in the shootout as he got the Finish goalie moving right to left and the puck dribbled threw his arms and just barely crossed the goal line for the goal. He isn’t afraid of mixing it up a bit as well.
#13 Daniel Zaar – F: He played on a line with Wennberg and Possler and the entire three seemed a bit quiet for the day. He showed some nice speed up the wing and can fire the biscuit pretty well, but nothing amounted on the score sheet. He played responsible in his own zone and showed good effort.
#14 Robert Hagg –D: In all honesty I did not really notice Hagg’s game much versus Finland. He was not a D-man that will offered offense, nor was he a totally, nasty shutdown blue liner that opponents hate to play against. For a 2nd round selection, he did not dominant in any fashion and was average at best. He can play physical, although he is one of those players that needs to find his true identity and consistency as a player.
#18 Andre Burakowsky – F: He was another player on Sweden with strong offensive skills. He likes to fire the biscuit although on this one did not light the lamp, though did find the back of the net three times during the week. He did manage to get the secondary assist on the Djoos goal for Team Sweden as he slid it over to Wallmark who found Djoos breaking in off point. He likes to have the puck on his stick and keeps the feet moving. He will be a strong addition to the Erie Otters (OHL) scoring punch this season for sure.
#20 Gustav Possler – F: He kind of played on the perimeter this game as wasn’t much involved in the action. You can see he likes to find himself in the slot to have the puck fed to him for his quick release shot, except Saros was up to the task in stopping the puck. He did show some decent puck possession and stick skills, but lacked any real intensity and making a name in this one.
#25 Oscar Sundqvist – F: He is tall, lanky forward who might still be growing into his frame. He looked to be a pleasant mix of power and finesse as he possesses some nice, soft mitts and some decent stick skills. If he could strengthen the body more and develop that extra gear in his stride as the skating is average at best, the sky could be the limit. He played a decent two-way game here though nothing special. After seeing last summer was expecting a little more in his game.
#27 Filip Sanberg – F: Here was a player when you watched today thought why has this guy been bypassed by NHL teams on draft day. The one thing that comes to mind is his smaller stature. He plays a strong offensive game and made strong plays all-around the ice to create opportunities. He set-up the first goal to de la Rose as he took pass at offensive blue line and quickly touched it over to his streaking teammate heading into the high slot, who then buried it for Sweden’s 1-0 lead. On another play as he effectively was killing a Finland power play, he got a hold of the puck just inside the defensive blue line. As his teammate came out of the penalty box, he feed him for a break-a-way at the far blue as he passed from his knees right on the tape. Finally, in the shootout he made Sweden’s best move and finish. When coming in on Finland’s Saros delayed his speed as he approached then quickly went forehand/backhand self for the goal. Overall, he played a strong game with nice offensive moves, thoughts, and creativity.
#28 Lucas Wallmark – F: He is another Swede that was surprisingly skipped over at this year’s NHL draft. I liked his game all-around and especially his vision and crafty passing plays. He made some sweet tape-to-tape passes in the game with the sauce and without. He definitely knows where his teammates are and how to find. He set-up Djoos on the second Sweden goal as he quickly found his D-man cutting in from the slot and found the seam to find his teammate. He shows good offensive know-how, hockey sense, and stick skills. I’d be shocked if he doesn’t hear his name this June in mid-late rounds.
#30 Oscar Dansk – G: He played a fairly solid game for the most part by limiting the rebounds and playing sound position. He is a decent sized ‘tender who moves laterally pretty well. He was beat in regulation twice by Finland’s sniper, Teravainen, as once on the penalty shot over the glove and then a slippery 5-hole move all alone in tight moving across the crease. The Finns definitely knew to get Dansk down and then quickly go upstairs glove-side as he was beaten in this manner bar-down three times in the shootut. Another year in the OHL will do the Euro goalie good in his development. [/sociallocker]