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The Dispatch: World Junior Championship buildup with Jacob Olofsson and Sweden’s coach Tomas Montén

We speak with the Habs prospect and his coach ahead of an important tournament for both.

Sweden v United States - 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship Photo by Kevin Light/Getty Images

With Sweden’s World Junior Championship squad having been released, we had a chance to speak with Montreal Canadiens prospect Jacob Olofsson about the role he’ll have on the team, as well as his current offensive outburst. Olofsson has nine points (2G, 7A) in his last 11 games in the SHL and has found a vein of production that he hopes to keep tapping during a championship where the coach should lean on Olofsson for an offensive role.

Coach Tomas Montén is looking for revenge after the early exit in last year’s tournament, and has assembled the best team he can — though not always with the best players (Arizona prospect Victor Söderström was left off the squad, for example). Mr. Montén takes us through the roles of Olofsson and the other Canadiens prospect and new fan favourite, Mattias Norlinder, who made the squad for the first time.

Mr. Montén also explains who he is looking at to fill the three empty spots on the roster before the tournament starts.