Vancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin was pulled from Olympic participation yesterday due to injury. Initial reports out of Sweden had Calgary Flames centre Mikael Backlund replacing Sedin; those reports were false. It will be Marcus Johansson of the Washington Capitals who is replacing Sedin in Sochi for the Tre Kronor next week at the twenty-second Winter Games.
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Johansson has been average for the Caps this season. The speedy young Swede has recorded 7 goals and 29 assists in 58 games, failing to bust out offensively like some thought he eventually would at this stage in his career. He may not be scoring with the best of ’em like Sedin has been known to do, but Johansson is an intelligent hockey player. The point totals may not be high-end but his smarts are evident and at 23-years-old there is still time for Marcus Johansson to find his way offensively and become a big number guy at some point in his career. He’s very fast.
Johansson will join teammate Nicklas Backstrom in Sochi. The two Swedes have played on the same line on-and-off over the last few seasons. That chemistry could’ve helped Johansson get chosen as Sedin’s replacement.
Sweden lose out on this deal. Johansson is a good player but Henrik Sedin – when he is healthy – is a great player. Big boots to fill for the Caps young centre/winger.