Team Sweden unveiled their roster for the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympic Games and it features not one, not two, but three former Edmonton Oilers players in prominent positions.
In goal, Sweden will turn to 35-year-old veteran Viktor Fasth. The former Oiler played 33 games across two season for the Oilers from 2013-2015. Fasth only managed to pick up nine wins for the Oilers and his 3.41 GAA and .888 save percentage in the 2014-15 season was bad enough to send him packing for the KHL the following season.
Oilers fans may remember Fasth most for his slick Oilers mask.
Check it out:
Pretty cool… unfortunately for Fasth having a killer mask didn’t translate into having a killer save percentage. Regardless, we wish him all the best in South Korea.
Joining Fasth will be former former Oilers top prospect Linus Omark. Oh boy… where do we begin with Omark? The now 30-year-old Swedish talent broke onto the Oilers scene in 2010-11, scoring five goals and 27 points in his first 51 NHL games. The talented young winger was never able to maintain any level of consistency through three up and down seasons however, so he was shipped to the Buffalo Sabres in 2013 for a conditional 6th round draft pick.
Ask any Oilers fan what there lasting impression is of Omark and you’ll almost certainly have to hear about his prowess in the shootout. Before arriving in the NHL, Omark has a household name with hockey fans thanks in part to this cheeky goal for Sweden in an international exhibition game against Switzerland:
Omark followed that up with a dazzling spinorama shootout goal in his NHL debut against the Tampa Bay Lighting. Check it out:
Unfortunately for the Omark and the Oilers… that was about as good as things ever got for Omark in the NHL. He’s been a top scorer in the KHL the past two seasons however and currently has 48 points in 49 games for Ufa Salavat Yulayev.
Finally rounding out the Oilers contingent for Team Sweden is former Oilers center Anton Lander. The 26-year-old former 2nd round selection of the Oilers in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft had 10 goals and 35 points in 215 career games with the Oilers, but split for the KHL this past offseason. He has eight goals and 31 points in 48 games for Kazan Ak-Bars so far this season.
Thought to be a key part of the Oilers’ rebuild at one point, Lander was never able to nail down a full-time spot with the Oilers and, as a result, spent as much time in the press box as he did on the ice. Hopefully a good season in the KHL, combined with a solid showing at the Olympics can earn him another shot in the NHL. He’s only 26-years-old, after all.
So there you have it… with more former Oilers on the Swedish roster than the Canadian roster, does this mean we have to cheer for Tre Kronor? Maybe… but probably only if they’re facing off against the USA.
For the complete Swedish roster, check out the image below: