While I was under the weather this week, Team Sweden named Simon Edvinsson and Theodor Niederbach to their World Junior Team, Eemil Viro was named to Finland’s World Junior roster, Donovan Sebrango and Sebastian Cossa departed the AHL and WHL, respectively, for Hockey Canada’s World Junior Selection Camp in Calgary, and Carter Mazur and Red Savage will be taking part in Team USA’s selection camp in Plymouth next week.
All seven of the Wings’ WJC camp participants are fairly likely to earn spots at the WJC, with Sebrango being a bit of an outlier for Canada, but you’ll notice that one name isn’t there–Sweden’s William Wallinder, who plays defense for Rogle BK, wasn’t named to Sweden’s roster.
While I can’t sneak behind the paywall, Kvallsposten’s Linus Vedmar wrote an article this morning which addresses Wallinder’s notable absence from Team Sweden coach Tomas Monten’s team, and Hockeysverige.se’s Mans Karlsson wrote a similar article regarding Monten’s decision to omit Wallinder from his team.
So there are at least some grumbles regarding Wallinder’s omission.
Update: As IceHockeyGifs on Twitter notes…
William Wallinder on the WJC snub:
“- I’ve developed a lot in Rögle. I’m happy with my performance which makes me even more disappointed to not be selected.”
“-Just let it go and focus on Rögle. Which is what I will do.”#LGRW https://t.co/wZWtheqRE1— IcehockeyGifs (@IcehockeyG) December 10, 2021
Wallinder says that he is doubly disappointed because he was included in last year’s Swedish team, but had to stay home due to a positive coronavirus test.