The lone Oilers prospect participating in the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship is 2014 fourth-round pick William Lagesson. The defenceman plays for Sweden, and we will have updates on his performance as the tournament unfolds.
SWEDEN 8, SWITZERLAND 3
Looking to avenge last year’s fourth-place finish in this tournament, Sweden made their presence known in their opening game. The Swedes pounded Switzerland 8-3, with seven different skaters recording goals for the junior Tre Kronor.
Lagesson was given an assist on Sweden’s sixth goal, which put them up 6-2 over Switzerland at 12:50 of the second period. That score chased Swiss goalie Gauthier Desclo who was replaced by Joren van Pottelberghe.
The Oilers defensive prospect moved the puck up to his own blueline. A Swiss player tapped it, but it was picked up by Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson who took it all the way to the net, scoring a beautiful goal alone on Descloux.
Lagesson finished the game +3 with that assist.
Canadian-born Swedish forward Alexander Nylander had three assists. His brother, William, finished the game with a goal. Dmytro Timashov finished with two goals, an assist and five shots on goal. He was named Player of the Game for Sweden.
Swedish goaltender Linus Soderstrom only faced 18 shots for the game. Switzerland was outshot 39-18.
Sweden now plays the United States on Monday at 7 a.m. MT.