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Blue Jackets prospect Gabriel Carlsson part of Sweden's WJC camp in Lake Placid

by Rob Mixer / Columbus Blue Jackets


The Blue Jackets have four of their prospects participating in USA Hockey's national junior team evaluation camp this weekend in Lake Placid -- but don't forget about steady Swedish defenseman
Gabriel Carlsson.

Carlsson, a first-round pick of the Jackets in 2015 (No. 29 overall), was one of eight defensemen on Sweden's initial evaluation camp roster and he's en route to New York for a week of practice, off-ice work and exhibition games against the United States and Finland.

You'll remember the Blue Jackets striking a deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs to acquire an additional first-round pick, sending two later picks in exchange for No. 29, which was used to get back into the first round and select Carlsson.

They believe Carlsson has the potential to become a solid NHL defenseman, and while offense isn't regarded as a strong point of his game, Carlsson has the frame (6-foot-4) and skating ability to be a reliable two-way defenseman.

Sweden opens its stay in Lake Placid with a practice on Saturday, Aug. 1 at 11 a.m., and will also practice at 9 a.m. Sunday before taking on Team USA's Blue roster in a scrimmage later that day.

All practices and games take place at Lake Placid Olympic Center's Herb Brooks Arena.

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