After serving on their Olympic Team two years ago in Sochi, it was pretty safe to assume Gabriel Landeskog would be a participant on Sweden's 2016 World Cup team. On Wednesday morning, it was announced the Colorado Avalanche forward would join Tre Kronor with national team mainstays like Henrik Zetterberg, Niklas Backstrom, and the Sedin twins, as well as other rising stars in the NHL, such as Filip Forsberg and Alexander Steen.
Sweden's biggest strength, though -- by far -- is it's defensive group. The blue line is headlined by superstars like Erik Karlsson and Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Stanley Cup winners like Niklas Hjalmarsson and Niklas Kronwall. Rounding out the intitial roster is Victor Hedman and Anton Stralman -- and very likely could be joined by Carl Klingberg of the Dallas Stars in the next wave of announcements.
Landeskog is having a solid season for the Avalanche despite being slowed by nagging injuries for much of December. He currently has 43 points in 61 games played, including 15 goals, placing him third on the team behind linemate Nathan MacKinnon and Matt Duchene.