The question coming into the 2020 World Juniors was who could step up to be the primary offensive producers for Team Sweden to complement their strong defensive core of puck-moving phenoms. While we are still early into tournament play, it appears that Samuel Fagemo and Nils Hoglander may have answered that question for Team Sweden with an impressive showing in the first two games of the tournament.
After coming off a two-point performance that helped raise Team Sweden above Team Finland, Fagemo got things started early against the Swiss. The 2nd round pick of the Los Angeles Kings rifled home a one-timer after being set-up off the face-off from Arizona Coyotes prospect Victor Soderstrom. Fagemo would add another tally to give the Swedes a 2-0 lead before the end of the first frame.
From there it was Fagemo’s counterpart and Vancouver Canucks prospect Nils Hoglander who continued to add to the Swedes lead by adding his second goal of the tournament. The goal by Hoglander puts both him and Fagemo at 4 points each through the first two games of the World Juniors, putting the pair of 2019 second-round picks in the top-10 of tournament scoring.
Don’t yet forget about one of the most highly touted prospects of the 2020 NHL Draft, as Lucas Raymond was able to help set-up a goal by Karl Henriksson before adding a goal of his own on route to a two-point night for the 17-year-old. Raymond and fellow 2020 NHL Draft top prospect Alexander Holtz have fared well through the first two games of the tournament. Both the young phenoms have provided complimentary scoring for Team Sweden with each of them putting up two points through the first two games respectively.
Team Switzerland slowly chopped away at Swedens 5-0 lead before the final buzzer. Gillian Kohlers was able to bat a loose puck out of mid-air in front of Hugo Alnefelt’s net to bring the Swiss their first goal of the night. It would be too little too late though as the Swiss were only able to add one more goal by Nico Gross despite beginning to really put the pressure on against a Swedish team that appeared to become comfortable with their 5-0 lead. The final effort by the Swiss allowed them to finish the game with a final score of 5-2, but there was never any doubt that Team Sweden had control throughout the entirety of the matchup.
Next up Team Sweden takes on Team Kazakhstan at 7:00 AM MST / 9:00 AM ET for their third matchup of the World Juniors round-robin.
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