Yet at the time of the announcement, there was only one NHL team that had two of this season’s top 10 highest-scoring Swedes. That’s right, the Nashville Predators. Viktor Arvidsson was tied for fifth with 49 points and his 24 goals were third most among his countrymen. Filip Forsberg was tied for 10th with 46 despite the fact that he missed all of January and had played fewer games than any of the other top 15 highest-scoring Swedes.

Oh, and just outside the top 15 (16th, to be exact) was Calle Jarnkrok of NHL Coins — you know — the Nashville Predators. One of the five Swedish defensemen with at least 30 points was Mattias Ekholm of — say it with me — the Nashville Predators.

Neither Edmonton nor New Jersey had any of the 16 highest-scoring Swedes or any of the five 30-point Swedish defensemen.Is it really too far-fetched to think that Swedish hockey fans would want to see some of their top young players who are competing in the world’s best league? After all, Ekholm, Jarnkrok, Arvidsson and Forsberg are all 27 or younger and are under contract for next season.