Finland wasn’t supposed to be one of the top teams at the World Hockey Championship this year. They didn’t have a single full-time NHLer on their roster, with stars like Mikko Rantanen, Aleksander Barkov, Sebastian Aho, Patrik Laine, and Teuvo Teravainen missing the tournament due to an injury, a long playoff run, or both. Sweden, on the other hand, was coming off back-to-back gold medals and was a favourite to medal again. While missing some stars, they still had a strong team, led by a deep defence corps anchored by John Klingberg, Mattias Ekholm, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, and Adam Larsson. At forward, William Nylander set a new record for most points by a Swedish player at the World Championships, while Elias Pettersson, Patric Hornqvist, Alexander Wennberg, Adrian Kempe, Anton Lander, and Elias Lindholm all had great tournaments. In net, Sweden had the legendary Henrik Lundqvist, backed up by Jacob Markstrom, who had a superb season for the Canucks.