Adam Ollas Mattsson Makes Team Sweden

There was some roster uncertainty for Sweden heading into today’s tune-up game against Team Canada in Helsinki and some injury news has provided Tre Kronor with some clarity – and cemented a Flames prospect’s spot at the World Juniors.

2016 draft eligible defender Sebastian Aho suffered a larynx injury during the game and is out for the tournament. Sweden went into the final exhibition tilt needing to make one defensive cut and Aho’s injury does just that, so Flames 2014 sixth round pick Adam Ollas Mattsson has made Team Sweden.

The spot on the World Junior team is a nice capper to 2015 for Ollas Mattsson, who has already cemented a spot in the professional ranks with the Swedish Hockey League’s Djurgardens IF club and played in the Champions League. He’s quietly carving out a niche for himself as a shut-down defender in a pretty strong pro league.

Sweden’s blueline now looks like this:

  • Gabriel Carlsson (Columbus)
  • Andreas Englund (Ottawa)
  • Gustav Forsling (Chicago)
  • William Lagesson (Edmonton)
  • Jacob Larsson (Anaheim)
  • Adam Ollas Mattsson (Calgary)
  • Marcus Pettersson (Anaheim)

It’s a young group that’s played together in various combinations at past international tournaments, but they’re definitely one of the weaker defensive groups – especially compared to Canada, for instance.

Sweden is in the same group as Canada, and faces off against the Canadian team on New Year’s Eve in a match-up that will have three Flames prospects in it.

  • Johnny Goooooooaldreau

    Still baffles me that Anderrson and Kylington wern’t even invited. In my amateur opinion, that Swedish defence would look a HELL of a lot more dangerous with those two players in the lineup.

    • MattyFranchise

      Ummm… every team needs a bottom pairing and the bottom pairings are made of those much maligned ‘stay at home’ guys. Why so you think Hickey got a spot on team Canada?

      So long as the bottom pairing ‘stay at home’ guys don’t get scored on or finish their ice time in even the neutral zone then they have earned their paychecks.

      Honestly, I’m not sure what you are getting at here.

      • piscera.infada

        Why so you think Hickey got a spot on team Canada?

        The problem with this is that Hickey is not a “bottom pairing ‘stay at home guy'”. So no, that’s not why he made the team. I will agree that appears to be his role on the current iteration of Team Canada, but that’s largely an oversight. Short of maybe Hicketts, Hickey is the most complete blue-liner on that team.

    • Burnward

      Not sure how you can be unhappy about a 6’4 215 stay at home defenceman who has earned his way onto to team Sweden. After the battles family and injuries of the last two years I am quite excited for the young man.

      In many ways Hickey is a similar story of a young man who was not on Team Canada’s radar when he was drafted making the team by earning it by his own hard work.

      Sweden not inviting Kylington is probably politics and his history with the Swedish teams.(He is probably better off playing in the AHL) Andersen well I have no idea why he was not invited

      • ChinookArchYYC

        It does smell like a political move. Only 4 players that made Team Seeden were from 2016 and of those players only William Nylander came from a North America based team. It appears that they have purposely selected a more mature team and one that heavily from Swedish based teams.

      • SmellOfVictory

        I’m not unhappy about him being invited, but I like being able to watch the WJC and have fun seeing the Flames prospects. Stay at home D are generally super boring to watch in comparison to any other type of skater, that’s all.

  • Deeds

    Between them, the players on Sweden’s defense managed a total of seven points in the Salt Lake City and Four Nations tournaments this summer. Kylington and Andersson had four each.

    So basically Sweden doesn’t want any scoring at all from their blueline.