Detroit Red Wings prospect William Willander is trying to take his exclusion from the Swedish world junior team in stride. At the same time, the defenseman would like to know the reasons why he wasn’t among those included in Sweden’s squad.
“I’m disappointed, of course,” Wallinder, 19, told Simon Holm of Sweden’s Aftonbladet.se. “I think I have been good enough and that I deserved to be selected. But it’s not me who takes the team out.
“Of course I wanted an explanation. But it is what it is.”
COVID Cost Red Wings Pick 2021 World Juniors
Wallinder was chosen to play for Sweden at the world juniors last season. However, a case of COVID-19 put a stop to his participation.
“That makes it extra sour,” Wallinder admitted. “First I got sick with corona and now . . . I think I’m a better player today than I was last season.”
While Wallinder is insisting that he’s received no rationale for the decision from Swedish coach Thomas Monten, Red Wings advisor to the GM Niklas Kronwall did reach out to him.
William Wallinder on the WJC snub:
"- I've developed a lot in Rögle. I'm happy with my performance which makes me even more disappointed to not be selected."
— IcehockeyGifs (@IcehockeyG) December 10, 2021
“His advice was to just let it go and focus on Rögle and do the best I can,” Wallinder said. “I have developed a lot in Rögle, both on the ice and outside. I am very happy with my performance,.
“It makes me even more disappointed with the selection. But now I only focus on Rögle and our journey in the SHL and CHL.”
Selected 32nd overall by the Red Wings in the 2020 NHL entry draft, Wallinder is showing 4-6-10 numbers in 22 games for Rögle this season.
Red Wings draft picks Simon Edvinsson and Theodor Niederbach were Swedish team selections.
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