Lias Andersson was named to Sweden's preliminary roster for the 2018 World Junior Championships that start later this month.
Andersson was the captain for Sweden during the team's summer tournaments and it's believed by some that he will be the captain for this tournament.
The Hockey News World Junior Preview issue quoted the Swedish coach as saying Andersson is always working hard, leading the charge and produces against the best opponents.
The Hockey News Prospect Podcast said that Andersson is a "fast, two-way player that is getting "good ice time" and will play a "major role" for Sweden at the World Juniors. (The Hockey News Podcast)
They added that it may not take Andersson that long to become an NHLer. (The Hockey News Podcast)
Henrik Lundqvist said in October that Andersson is "smart and strong," especially for his age, and made a really good impression in training camp. (Expressen)
Lundqvist said that he thinks Andersson will be ready next season and "be very good here." (Expressen)
Uffe Bodin said recently of Andersson, "he had a rough start to the season, he was maybe expected to take a spot with the Rangers and then he came back and it has taken him a while to get back into the form that was expected of him. In the last few games he has been awesome and is expected to be the captain of the Swedish WJC team. (NHL.com)
On the season, for Frolunda, Andersson has 7 goals, 6 assists, 42 shots on goal and is averaging 14:45 per game.
Filip Chytil has been named to the preliminary roster for the Czech World Junior team.
It was reported recently that the Rangers were planning to allow Chytil to play in the World Juniors.
The Hockey News Prospect Podcast said that it was impressive to see Chytil start the season with the Rangers and that he is the "real deal" and a "key" for the Czech World Junior team. (The Hockey News Podcast)
Hartford coach Keith McCambridge said earlier in the season that Chytil is learning and taking everything in about playing in North America. (NHL.com)
Corey Pronman wrote in November that Chytil has been "ridiculously good" for Hartford when healthy and that "his progression the last few months has been one of the most interesting stories in the prospect world, as he continues to establish himself as a truly elite prospect. 11/21 (The Athletic)
Chytil said that he is asking questions of his teammates and has been improving his English by chatting with fans. (Ceskatelevize)
Chytil said that he isn't sure if he will return to the Rangers and play in the NHL again this season but that if he does "it's a bonus." (Ceskatelevize)
He said that it's a great honor to play for the Czech Republic and that his focus is on improving all aspects of his game. (Ceskatelevize)
Chytil said that he thinks that it's "ideal" to stay in the AHL rather than return to the Czech Republic and that he can further adjust to being in North America by staying. (Ceskatelevize)
For Hartford this season, Chytil has 5 goals and 7 assists in 15 games.