Henrik Lundqvist is the backbone of the Rangers and will be the backbone for Sweden in Russia. Lundqvist backstopped Sweden to a Gold Medal after defeating Finland in the 2006 Olympics as an NHL rookie. He followed it up with another impressive performance at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver. The 2012 Vezina Trophy winner is in the prime of his career, and his strong play in net could make Sweden one of the favorites this year.
Carl Hagelin’s (Sodertalje, Sweden) speed should carry him to Sochi. On a larger international ice surface, speed will be critical to any team’s success and there are few in the world as fast as Hagelin. Playing on a team with the likes of Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen, Loui Eriksson and others would afford coach Pat Marts the ability to utilize Hagelin’s speed in a third or fourth line energy role.
Rangers prospect Oscar Lindberg was also invited to Sweden’s Olympic camp after a standout season in the Swedish Elite League last year. The 21-year-old registered 17 goals and 42 points in 55 regular season games for Skelleftea, and excelled in the playoffs with 12 points in 13 games to capture the league’s postseason MVP award and the SEL championship. He’s appeared in one World Junior Championship for Sweden in 2011, where he registered two goals and four points in six games.