World Junior Championship: Sweden vs Latvia Dec 29

Dec 29, 2012,Sweden vs. Latvia (2013 WJHC Round Robin Game)

Prospects Breakdown:

SWE#8 LD, Arnesson, Linus(2013) Defensive defenseman played a good game quietly. Kept his passes simple, and thrived in the defensive zone with his skating ability and size. Used quick starts and stops to keep up with opponents along the wall, and then would do a good job to pin them along the wall and take them out of the play. Took one unnecessary holding penalty in the second period. Has a good active stick, and does a good job to keep opponents to the outside. Offensively, made good first passes out of the zone and really limited the number of turnovers he committed.

SWE#10 LW, Wennberg, Alex(2013) Received more ice time tonight, and was quite effective for his team. Stuck to his physical game, which led to offensive opportunities for him and his teammates. Displayed some good playmaking abilities off the wall. Provided a good screen on the PP, and retrieved dump ins effectively, which was a problem for Sweden on their PP against Switzerland. Always finished his checks and made his presence felt. A few times, he was able to display some good agility by spinning away from his check away from the wall to get a lane to the net. Scored late into the game from the slot by letting go a laser wrist shot.

SWE#19 RC, Lindholm, Elias(2013) Dynamic centre had a much better offensive game tonight, while not sacrificing his efforts in his own end. Showed off his play with the puck and his aggressive mindset to take the play to the net and try to jam home a rebound. Displayed his impressive vision from all over the offensive zone, whether it be from behind the net, off the wall or on the rush. He showed the ability to make any type of passes. Most impressive part of his game is just how strong he is on his skates, and he would be able to control the puck quite easily despite getting bumped. Has very soft hands, which is especially noticeable in traffic. Gave his all in this game in all areas of the ice.

LAT#10 RW, Bukarts, Rihards(2014) An underaged forward who is one of the most skilled forwards on Latvia. Really liked his hockey sense, skill level and physicality. Needs to work on his skating abilities, but seems to be well on his way to develop into a good prospect for the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He knocked off an opponent from the puck in open ice and get a transition attack going. He has good instincts, and was in good position to receive passes. However, he needs to get better with reading the play in his own end. A couple of times, he should have covered his opponent in the slot, but just stuck to the point man, who was not much of a threat at that time. He also needs to use his teammates better and not try to do everything by himself all the time. In terms of speed, he had deceptive agility off the wall and was able to lose his man a couple of times by spinning away from them.

SCOUT’S NOTES: Sweden came out quite flat in this game, but they got better as the game went along. Filip Sandberg was promoted to the top line and immediately injected some life into his line mates. He was able to draw 4 penalties tonight because of his puck protecting abilities. On a 5 on 4 PK, he actually drew 2 penalties at once, a holding off the wall, and an elbowing as he was trying to take the puck to the net. Only concern is his ability to finish off plays, and if he can keep this up against stronger players as a pro. Teodors Blugers was the best player for Latvia tonight. Scored a nice goal on a 5 on 3 PP in tight by going far side top shelf. Good all around game. Jacob De la Rose was invisible once again. Did not play much tonight.

FINAL SCORE: 5-1 Sweden