- Mark Stepneski, ESPNDallas.com
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Dallas Stars prospects John Klingberg and Patrick Nemeth did not factor in the scoring as Sweden routed Finland 7-1 Tuesday at the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, NY.
Klingberg did not play in the third period after suffering an undisclosed injury late in the second period of the game. Klingberg tested the injury during a break late in the second, looked uncomfortable and did not play after that. We’ll have to wait and see if Team Sweden provides any kind of update.
Before going out of the game Klingberg played well. He was more consistent than Monday's game against USA Blue, when he was spectacular at times and then committed some bad turnovers at other times. Tuesday, he handled and moved the puck well and appeared to have an assist on one of the two Sweden goals that were waved off in the game. One thing I’ve noticed during the two games I’ve seen him play at the camp (via streaming webcasts on fasthockey.com) is that he shoots the puck a lot more on the power play than he has in the past. And, as I noted during the development camp last month, his shot has improved over the last year.
Nemeth played a solid game as well. He was more active offensively than the first game and had a couple of good scoring chances. He played well defensively. He wasn’t in as much penalty trouble as he was on Monday, although he did take a high sticking minor that put Finland on a five-on-three advantage. Sweden was able to kill off both penalties.
It was a pretty dominating performance by the Swedes overall. Sweden plays the USA on Wednesday.