William Eklund, selected by the San Jose Sharks with the No. 7 pick of the 2021 NHL Draft, was one of six first-round picks that will play for Sweden at the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship.
The World Juniors tournament will be held Dec. 26 to Jan. 5 in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alberta.
Finland, which finished third in the 2022 WJC, will play its preliminary-round games in Group A at Rogers Place in Edmonton, along with Canada, Germany, the Czech Republic and Austria. Sweden will play in Group B at WP Centrium in Red Deer, along with the United States, Russia, Slovakia, and Switzerland.
2022 Sweden World Juniors Schedule
|Date||Team||Venue||Time (ET)||How to Stream|
|Sunday, December 26||Finland vs Germany||Edmonton||2:00PM||TSN, NHLN|
|Sunday, December 26||Russia vs Sweden||Red Deer||4:30 pm||TSN, NHLN|
|Monday, December 27||Sweden vs Slovakia||Red Deer||9:00 pm||TSN, NHLN|
|Wednesday, December 29||Sweden vs United States||Red Deer||9:00 pm||TSN, NHLN|
|Friday, December 31||Switzerland vs Sweden||Red Deer||4:30 pm||TSN, NHLN|
|Sunday, January 2||Quarterfinal||5:00 pm||TSN, NHLN|
|Tuesday, January 4||Semifinal||3:00 pm||TSN, NHLN|
|Wednesday, January 5||Third-place game||4:00 pm||TSN, NHLN|
|Wednesday, January 5||Championship game||8:00 pm||TSN, NHLN|
The top four teams in each group will play in the quarterfinals Jan. 2. The semifinals are Jan. 4, and the championship and third-place games are Jan. 5.
The United States won the 2021 WJC. Finland last won the WJC in 2019; Sweden’s last championship was in 2012.
Sweden’s full roster can be found below.
2021 Team Sweden WJC Roster
Calle Clang (Pittsburgh Penguins, 2020)
Jesper Vikman (Vegas Golden Knights, 2020)
Jesper Wallstedt (Minnesota Wild, 2021)
Emil Andrae (Philadelphia Flyers, 2020)
Simon Edvinsson (Detroit Red Wings, 2021)
Mans Forsfjall (2022 draft eligible)
Helge Grans (Los Angeles Kings, 2020)
Leo Loof (St. Louis Blues, 2020)
Joel Nystrom (Carolina Hurricanes, 2021)
Anton Olsson (Nashville Predators, 2021)
Victor Sjoholm (2022 draft eligible)
William Eklund (San Jose Sharks, 2021)
Elliott Ekmark (Florida Panthers, 2020)
Daniel Ljungman (Dallas Stars, 2020)
Fabian Lysell (Boston Bruins, 2021)
Oskar Magnusson (Washington Capitals, 2020)
Theodor Niederbach (Detroit Red Wings, 2020)
Zion Nybeck (Carolina Hurricanes, 2020)
Oskar Olausson (Colorado Avalanche, 2021)
Isak Rosen (Buffalo Sabres, 2021)
Albert Sjoberg (Dallas Stars, 2021)
Ake Stakkestad (2022 draft eligible)
Elias Stenman (2022 draft eligible)
Daniel Torgersson (Winnipeg Jets, 2020)
Alexander Holtz (New Jersey Devils, 2020)