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SJHN Daily: 3 Teams That Might Want Merkley, Bystedt Voted Sweden’s Best

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Though Team Sweden failed to medal at the 2023 IIHF World Juniors Tournament after falling to Team USA in the bronze medal game, San Jose Sharks prospect Filip Bystedt had himself a solid showing.

The 18-year-old centerman, who was selected 27th overall by the Sharks in the 2022 draft, was selected as Sweden’s player of the tournament by media in attendance after registering four goals and six assists in seven games. Just days ago, Chris Peters of FloHockey explained what makes Bystedt such a solid player, but also noted what he can do to further improve his game in the future.

“What we’ve learned is when he’s playing to the middle of the ice, he is very effective,” Peters said. “When he’s failing to get to the middle of the ice – and this is any player, right – but a player at his size and speed should be a guy that consistently gets through the middle and can kind of dominate the middle of the ice. That’s what he’s supposed to do. And I’ve seen a few games this tournament where he just hasn’t gotten that straight-ahead, dominant power forward kind of game he can play.”

With his and his teammates’ tournament having come to an end, Bystedt will return home to Sweden to continue playing for HC Linkoping in the SHL. In 26 games so far this season, he has registered four goals and 11 points, impressive totals given his age in what is a very strong professional league.

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