3 players to watch on Team Sweden at the 2023 World Juniors
Fabian Lysell, RW
Somewhat of an enigma in his draft year, the first-round pick by Boston in 2021 spent last season with WHL Vancouver and showed off his brilliant playmaking skills. He controls the puck with silky smooth hands and possesses great vision. He’s transitioned to the AHL game and scored three of his eight goals in three games before departing for the Maritimes.
Jonathan Lekkerimaki, RW
Another enigma, this time from the 2022 draft, Lekkerimaki made his mark as a deft scorer with an NHL-ready shot. Others lauded him for his underrated playmaking ability. The Canucks selected him with the 15th pick with the hopes of going back and having another successful SHL season. Instead, his production has dipped with Djurgardens in the Allsvenskan.
Simon Robertsson, RW
One of my favourite picks from the 2021 draft, Robertsson is a complete player who played SHL games in both his 16- and 17-year-old seasons. The St. Louis prospect plays roughly 10 minutes a night for SHL Skelleftea, yet still puts up about a half a point per game.