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Scandinavia: Sweden and Finland

Sweden:

Forwards:

Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin- Loui Eriksson

Henrik Zetterberg - Niklas Backstrom - Johan Franzen

Viktor Stalberg - Alexander Steen -Daniel Alfredsson

Gabriel Landeskog - Marcus Johansson - Mikael Samuelsson

Tomas Holmstrom

Defence:

Niklas Lidstrom -Tobias Enstrom

Erik Karlsson - Alexander Edler

Victor Hedman - Niklas Kronwall

Henrik Tallinder

Goalie:

Henrik Lundqvist (starter)

Johan Hedberg

Jhonas Enroth

NHL cuts from Vancouver: Jonas Gustavsson, Douglas Murray, Mattias Ohlund, Johnny Oduya, Patric Hornqvist, Fredrik Modin, Samuel Pahlsson

See you in Socchi: Oliver Enkman-Larsson, Adam Larsson, Jakob Markstrom

Team breakdown: The Swedes are good. Like really good their top 2 lines could be tops on any international squad and their 4th line is still home to some great NHLers. The Swedes did still use some SEL players on their Vancouver squad but I may only see 2-3 cracking this lineup especially with the strong young players from being drafted into NHL teams. The Swedes major weakness is perhaps a lack of toughness but this is less of an issue at the Olympics than in the playoffs. With a top goalie, the best passing defensemen, and a very skilled set of forwards the Swedes are a team to beat.

Trending: Upward the strong junior sides of 2008-2010 are coming into their own combine that with never ageing Swedish ability they will be a medal favorite come Socchi.

Ranking: Silver Medal

Finland

Forwards:

Saku Koivu - Mikko Koivu -Teemu Selanne

Lauri Korpikoski - Olli Jokinen - Jussi Jokinen

Niklas Hagman - Valtteri Filppula - Tuomo Ruutu

Sean Bergenheim - Ville Leino - Antti Miettinen

Defence:

Kimmo Timonen - Sami Salo

Joni Pitkanen - Toni Lydman

Teemu Laakso - Sami Lepisto

Goalie:

Pekka Rinne (Starter)

Antti Niemi

Miikka Kiprusoff

NHL cuts from Vancouver: Antero Nittymaki, Jarko Ruutu Jere Lehtinen (retired)

See you in Socchi: Joel Armia, Mikael Granlund

Team breakdown: Team Finland has had the same core for a number of years and will likely see a similar group from Vancouver to Socchi. This lack of turnover show there is little depth especially at the NHL level for the Finns and it is likely that at least 4-5 European league players crack the roster especially if more than 12 and 6 are taken at each position. This being said this roster consistency has truly allowed for this group of players to be a better team than any of the medal contenders. The Finns also have 6 goaltenders that could make the roster. Rinne is the class of goaltender that could carry a team a long way.

Trending: Steady the team isn't getting younger but it still has a number of stars especially in goal who are in/hitting their prime

Ranking: 5th

This FanPost was written by a member of the Silver Seven community, and does not necessarily reflect the beliefs or opinions of the site managers, editors, or Sports Blogs Nation, Inc.

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