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3 Leafs prospects named to Team Sweden for the WJC

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Tre Kronor knows you can’t have too many Leafs.

Canada v Sweden: Gold Medal Game - 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship
Timothy Liljegren makes his return to the WJC.
Photo by Kevin Hoffman/Getty Images

Today, Team Sweden announced their preliminary roster for the 2019 World Junior Championships camp. They have both of the Marlies young Swedish defenders: Timothy Liljegren and Rasmus Sandin, as expected, but Pontus Holmberg joins the team as well.

So far, five Leafs prospects are on the rosters for this tournament with Ian Scott and Filip Kral already named to their national teams.

The Swedish team has eight defenders and 14 forwards, although one more is expected to be added, so there will be some cuts. Joining Holmberg in the class of players who worked their way onto the roster is draft-eligible Nils Höglander.

Another interesting one to watch is the 2019 draft-eligible Samuel Fagemo. He’s been turning heads lately.

The roster has a star-quality defence, which is amazing considering the best junior defender in the world right now is playing for the Buffalo Sabres, but the forward corps is going to have to survive on hard work, luck and passion.

The 2019 WJC begins in Vancouver/Victoria in less than three weeks. Tre Kronor will play some friendlies in BC beginning on December 18. Cuts to the roster will likely happen on the 24th or 25th of December.

Liljegren and Sandin will likely not leave the Marlies until closer to the middle of the month.

Tre Kronor Preliminary Roster

Goaltenders

Adam Åhman
Samuel Ersson
Olle Eriksson Ek

Defence

Adam Boqvist
Jakob Ragnarsson
Adam Ginning
Timothy Liljegren
Rasmus Sandin
Nils Lundkvist
Erik Brännström
Filip Westerlund

Forwards

Emil Bernström
Samuel Fagemo
Johan Södergran
Hugo Leufvenius
Oskar Bäck
Filip Svenningsson
Jacob Olofsson
Filip Hållander
Nils Höglander
Lucas Elvenes
Rickard Hugg
David Gustafsson
Fabian Zetterlund
Pontus Holmberg