The Buffalo Sabres developmental pipeline received a blow on Monday when it was learned that goaltender Jonas Johansson was dropped from Sweden’s World Junior Championship roster due to injury.
It has been a tough year for Johansson, who missed the start of the season for Brynas IF while battling a bacterial infection. He returned in late October and began splitting time between Brynas’ top league entry and their J20 SuperElit squad prior to being named to Sweden’s preliminary camp roster. The plan was for Johansson to play in a few J20 games right before leaving for camp, but he was curiously missing from the lineup following his early exit from a game on Dec. 9, and we now know why.
Johansson’s World Junior prospects were looking good as recently as August, when he sparkled with 35 saves in 4-3 victory over Team USA to emerge as Sweden’s go-to keeper for their summer run at the U.S. and Canadian evaluation camps.
Just last week in an interview, Johansson discussed how he had to overcome the setbacks leading up to the tournament. It now appears that he has another hurdle in front of him.