Sweden released its preliminary roster late Monday as it seeks to reclaim Olympic men's hockey gold at the Sochi Games in February 2014.
Forwards Daniel and Henrik Sedin and defenceman Alex Edler of the Vancouver Canucks highlight the list of 35 players. The Sedins will be looking to make their third Olympic appearance, while Edler hopes to make his debut.
The most notable absence from the list is Daniel Alfredsson, who jumped ship this summer after nearly two decades with the Ottawa Senators for Detroit. However, there is nothing preventing the 40-year-old Alfredsson from earning a spot on the Sochi team.
Also not on the list: Winnipeg Jets defenceman Tobias Enstrom and New Jersey blue-liner Adam Larsson, who's yet to gain a secure NHL foothold after getting drafted fourth overall in 2011.
Senators defenceman Erik Karlsson, the Norris Trophy winner in 2011-12 as the NHL's top defenceman, leads a strong group of blue-liners. The strongest candidates for Sochi on the back end include Niklas Kronwall of Detroit and Oliver Ekman-Larsson of Phoenix, with other NHL players such as Victor Hedman of Tampa Bay and Jonas Brodin of Minnesota looking to get into the mix.
New York Rangers star Henrik Lundqvist will look to man the nets for the third straight Olympic tournament. He is joined on the list by three goalies who would each be making their Olympic debut if they make the final cut: Robin Lehner of the Senators, Viktor Fasth of Anahiem, and Jhonas Enroth of Buffalo.
Lundqvist's twin brother, Joel, who plays professionally in his native country, is among the list of 18 forwards. The NHL centremen and wingers looking to return to the Olympics among that group include Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen of Detroit, Washington's Nicklas Backstrom, Loui Eriksson of Boston, and Patric Hornqvist of Nashville.
Those looking for their first Olympic experience up front for Sweden are Gabriel Landeskog of Colorado, Carl Hagelin of the Rangers, and St. Louis forwards Patrik Berglund and Alex Steen.
Sweden has reached the podium just once in the four Olympic men's hockey tournaments to heavily feature NHL players, but that was a gold medal performance at the Turin Games in 2006. The holdovers from that team are Lundqvist, Kronwall, the Sedin twins and Zetterberg.
Zetterberg is the only player on the current list who suited up for Sweden at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, where the Swedes were upset in the quarter-finals by Belarus.
Sweden's initial roster:
- Jhonas Enroth, Buffalo
- Viktor Fasth, Anaheim
- Robin Lehner, Ottawa
- Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
- Jonas Brodin, Minnesota
- Alexander Edler, Vancouver
- Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Phoenix
- Jonathan Ericsson, Detroit,
- Nicklas Grossman, Philadelphia
- Erik Gustafsson, Philadelphia
- Viktor Hedman, Tampa Bay
- Niklas Hjalmarsson, Chicago
- Erik Karlsson, Ottawa
- Niklas Kronwall, Detroit
- Douglas Murray, Pittsburgh
- Johnny Oduya, Chicago
- Henrik Tallinder, New Jersey
- Patrik Berglund, St Louis
- Nicklas Backstrom, Washington
- Jimmie Ericsson, Skelleftea
- Loui Eriksson, Dallas
- Johan Franzen, Detroit
- Carl Hagelin, New York Rangers
- Patric Hornqvist, Nashville
- Marcus Johansson, Washington
- Marcus Krüger, Chicago
- Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado
- Oscar Lindberg, Skelleftea
- Joel Lundqvist, Frölunda
- Gustav Nyquist, Detroit
- Niklas Persson, CSKA Moskva
- Daniel Sedin, Vancouver
- Henrik Sedin, Vancouver
- Alexander Steen, St Louis
- Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit