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Alexander Nylander heads Sweden's WJC camp roster

Sabres' first pick of 2016 NHL Draft among 25 invitees

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / Deputy Managing Editor

Alexander Nylander, selected by the Buffalo Sabres with the eighth pick of the 2016 NHL Draft, is one of 25 players that will skate for Sweden at the 2016 National Junior Evaluation Camp.

The camp will be held in Plymouth, Mich., from July 30 to Aug. 7, and include practices and games against the United States, Canada and Finland. The camp is the first step in picking the team that will play for Sweden at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship in Toronto and Montreal.

Nylander led Sweden at the 2016 WJC with four goals and nine points in seven games. Last season with Mississauga of the Ontario Hockey League, he led OHL rookies with 47 assists and 75 points, and was named the Canadian Hockey League rookie of the year. He capped his season with a team-best 11 points in seven games to help Sweden win the silver medal at the 2016 IIHF World Under-18 Championship.

Nylander is one of eight players from the 2016 WJC invited to the camp, including three picked in the first round of the 2015 draft: Center Joel Eriksson Ek (Minnesota Wild, No. 20), and defensemen Jacob Larsson (Anaheim Ducks, No. 27) and Gabriel Carlsson (Columbus Blue Jackets, No. 29).

Seven players invited to the camp are eligible for the 2017 draft, including two that are first-time draft eligible. Lias Andersson, a 5-foot-11, 198-pound forward, made his Swedish Hockey League debut last season, playing 22 games with HV 71. He led the Swedish junior league with 59 points and was third with 24 goals in 37 games with HV 71's junior team. Marcus Davidsson, a 6-foot, 180-pound forward, scored a goal in his one SHL game with Djurgarden, and had 17 goals and 40 points in 45 games for Djurgarden's team in the Swedish junior league.

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Andersson and Davidsson also helped Sweden win the silver medal at the World Under-18 Championship. Andersson was second on the team with five goals and nine points in seven games, and Davidsson had two goals and one assist in four games.

Tomas Monten will coach Sweden at the 2017 WJC. He was an assistant coach with Sweden when it won the silver medal at the 2014 WJC.


GOALTENDERS: Filip Gustavsson, Lulea, SHL (Pittsburgh Penguins); Felix Sandstrom, Brynas, SHL (Philadelphia Flyers); Adam Werner, Farjestad, SHL (Colorado Avalanche)

DEFENSEMEN: David Bernhardt, Djurgarden, SHL (Philadelphia Flyers); Gustav Bouramman, Sault Ste. Marie, OHL (Minnesota Wild); Gabriel Carlsson, Linkoping, SHL (Columbus Blue Jackets); Lucas Carlsson, Brynas, SHL (Chicago Blackhawks); Kristoffer Gunnarsson, Frolunda, SHL (2017 draft eligible); Jacob Larsson, Frolunda, SHL (Anaheim Ducks); Jesper Lindgren, Modo, SHL (Toronto Maple Leafs); Jacob Moverare, HV 71, SHL (Los Angeles Kings)

FORWARDS: Lias Andersson, HV 71 Jr., SWE-JR. (2017 draft eligible); Rasmus Asplund, Farjestad, SHL (Buffalo Sabres); Jonathan Dahlen, Timra, SHL (Ottawa Senators); John Dahlstrom, Frolunda, SHL (Chicago Blackhawks); Jonathan Davidsson, Djurgarden, SHL (2017 draft eligible); Marcus Davidsson, Djurgarden Jr., SWE-JR (2017 draft eligible); Joel Eriksson Ek, Farjestad, SHL (Minnesota Wild); Carl Grundstrom, Frolunda, SHL (Toronto Maple Leafs); Jens Looke, Bryans, SHL (Arizona Coyotes); Alexander Nylander, Mississauga, OHL (Buffalo Sabres); Sebastian Ohlsson, Skelleftea, SHL (2017 draft eligible); Linus Olund, Brynas, SHL (2017 draft eligible); Oskar Steen, Farjestad, SHL (Boston Bruins); Andreas Wingerli, Skelleftea, SHL (2017 draft eligible)

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