With the opening ceremony just a few weeks away, the Olympic charts have come in hot and heavy this week.
Sweden is the latest nation to enter the game, and reveals the 25-man group that will go to Beijing next month to compete for gold at the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Despite the NHL choosing not to send its players to the 2022 games in December, Sweden still has a significant major contingent on its list.
Leading the forward squad is veteran Marcus Kruger, who played 520 NHL games in nine seasons for the Chicago Blackhawks and Carolina Hurricanes, and established himself as an effective shutdown center. Kruger now plays against Zurich SC in the Swiss league after going abroad at the end of the 2019 season.
With Kruger in advance is Anton Lander, a previous pick in the second round of the 2009 Edmonton Oilers that fit in 215 games, all with the team that drafted him, before heading to the KHL 2017.
26-year-old Jacob de la Rose brings his own NHL experience to Sweden’s lineup, with the previous selection in the second round of the Montreal Canadiens having skated in 242 career games for the Habs, Detroit Red Wings and St. Louis Blues, played 13 games for the latter 2021 before going home to the SHL.
With the playing field as smooth as it has ever been this year, gold is for everyone. These Olympics are becoming one of the most exciting to date.
The full list is below.
Jacob de la Rose