Your Friendly Friday Links Roundup: The Grattis Sverige! Edition

Max may be a Duck but someone else is flipping the bird


(Translation: Congrats Sweden!)

I have to admit that I was quietly rooting for Russia to win the 2012 World Junior Hockey Championship (I seem to have a habit of quietly rooting for losers). Some members of the Canadian media have been unfairly critical of Team Russia captain and Washington Capitals prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov, and I wanted to see him silence his doubters once and for all (he was named the Tournament MVP, though).

But Team Sweden's win probably has larger implications for the future of the Ducks. Our 2011 first-round draft pick, Rickard Rakell, was on the roster. But last year's fifth-round draft pick, Max Friberg, has been a revelation. He was the tournament's top goal scorer (9 goals), and scored the second-highest number of points (11, right behind Kuznetsov's 13 points). He currently plays for Timra IK in the Elitserien, but I hope he finds his way to Anaheim soon.

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