Sweden has announced their preliminary roster for the upcoming World Juniors, and three NCAA players have made the cut.
Nebraska Omaha's Frederik Olofsson and Boston University's Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson are among the 15 forwards that will compete for 13 roster spots. UMass defenseman William Lagesson is one of eight defensemen competing for seven roster spots.
Sweden's preliminary WJC squad. pic.twitter.com/P3xUvEpH92— Uffe Bodin (@UffeBodin) December 7, 2015
Olofsson is a big, reliable two-way winger with the skill to play a possession-oriented offensive game. He's scored 6-6-12 in 16 games with the Mavericks this season, spending the early part of the season on Omaha's top line with Austin Ortega and Jake Guentzel, before moving to a lower line recently to try and add depth to the UNO attack.
Forsbacka-Karlsson is a play-making centerman that has scored 4-10-14 in 16 games in his rookie season with the Terriers. He has also played a top line role for the Terriers, and six of his points this season have come on the power play.
Lagesson is a physical presence on the blue line and has contributed 2-4-6 in 17 games as a freshman for the Minutemen this year.
All three would appear to have an excellent shot at making Sweden's final roster.