When you check out the Winter Olympic previews, you will notice that Team Sweden is given a pretty good chance at winning the gold in Sochi in February. But is it realistic to think that Team Sweden could beat the likes of Team Canada and Team USA to win the Olympic gold in ice hockey? It is more than realistic, we can give you three good reasons why Sweden should be one of your favorites.
Reason #1 – Henrik Lundqvist
The only real reason why goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has not won multiple Stanley Cup rings with the Rangers is because the Rangers simply cannot score goals. Despite the team’s inability to put the biscuit in the basket, Lundqvist consistently backstops the team to the playoffs and allows the team to go deep into those playoffs before being eliminated. In the Olympics, Lundqvist will not be playing behind an offensively challenged team. He will have a solid defense and an explosive offense that will compliment his game nicely.
Reason # 2 – That Explosive Offense
Let’s just throw a few names at you and you determine if these guys can score goals or not. How about Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, Henrik Zetterberg, and Daniel Alfredsson? The experts at EVODP.com have the Swedish offense ranked as one of the best going into the Olympics. These are guys that account for huge portions of the offense that their NHL teams put up, and they are all together on the same team. Alfredsson and the Sedin twins alone should be enough to put the fear of God into any opposing defense or goaltender.
The Swiss are loaded up with speed and snipers who can put the puck into the net. There are also plenty of players that can mix it up in the corners and come out with the puck. This is an offense that would be a dream team in the NHL, which makes it extremely potent in the Olympics. If you want to learn more about EVODP.com, then click on over to the site and see how it ranks the potent Swedish offense.
Reason #3 – Experience
This Swedish roster is filled with players who have a ton of international experience. Even such Olympic newcomers as Buffalo Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth still have a ton of experience in winning the World Juniors and playing in other international competitions. Players such as Henrik Tallinder, Henrik Zetterberg, and Henrik Lundqvist add to a line-up filled with Henrik’s that have plenty of international experience. These guys know how to win in international competition, and it also helps that they all have experience playing the opposition in the tight confines of the NHL. With the kind of experience Team Sweden has, it is natural to expect this team to do well in Sochi.