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Goaltending: Sweden has a gold-medal-winning goaltender in the prime of his career starting in net, which gives it a tremendous advantage over other top contenders, such as Canada and Russia, that have inexperienced or unreliable netminders.
Lundqvist has only been defeated twice in nine career Olympic games. He's fully capable of handling the pressure and expectations that come with being the No. 1 goalie on a gold medal contender that's trying to make up for a disappointing fourth-place finish from 2010.
Incredible Depth and Talent on Blue Line: Sweden has one of the deepest blue lines of all 12 nations that will compete at next year's Olympics. Best of all, it's a group of defensemen with the perfect amount of mobility, speed and awareness to excel on the Olympic-sized sheet of ice that will be used in Sochi.
With so many offensive defensemen expected to make the final roster, including Ekman-Larrson, Brodin, Oduya and Karlsson, Sweden should get plenty of scoring production from the blue line, especially on the power play. There's an abundance of puck-moving and playmaking skill on the back end.
Stars With No Olympic Experience: Even though there are some returning veterans who were part of the 2006 gold medal squad, many of the most important players have zero Olympic experience.
Landeskog, Kruger, Steen, Berglund, Ekman-Larsson, Karlsson, Brodin, Hjalmarsson and Edler have never competed at the Olympics. Asking them to play key roles on the team without any experience in this type of competition is a risk, but it's one that Sweden has to take because many of these talented young players represent the future of this nation's hockey program.
Lack of Physical Defenseman: Kronwall is the only hard-hitting defenseman on the Swedish blue line, and this could be an issue if this team faces a gritty opponent, such as the United States, in one of the final rounds of the tournament.
None of the defensemen on Sweden's Olympic camp roster finished in the top 40 of hits and Hjalmarsson was the only player to rank in the top 25 of blocked shots last season.