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Sweden coach on Steen: ‘He has always had this talent’

Feb 11, 2014, 9:35 PM EDT

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Alex Steen‘s breakout season with the St. Louis Blues has gotten plenty of notice around the NHL, but Team Sweden’s leadership has more than noticed.

Ryan O’Leary of IIHF.com hears from Sweden coach Par Marts about Steen and finds out they’re not the least bit surprised to see him have a big season.

“Alex has always been a talented player. This season he found a way of playing where he got the most out of his ability. He can play all roles out on the ice,” Marts said. “I am not surprised at all at the season Alex is having. He has always had this talent.”

This season in St. Louis, Steen has 28 goals and 46 points. His goal total is good for a sixth-place tie in the league with Patrick Sharp and Sidney Crosby.

For Steen, 29, this is his first opportunity to represent Sweden at the Olympics. He last wore the Swedish sweater at the 2007 World Championships. This time around he comes in with big expectations.

  1. jhaegs - Feb 11, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    One of the best 200′ players out there. Just hope he can stay healthy!

  2. blomfeld - Feb 11, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    HEJA SVERIGE !!!

    As an industrious, loyal and ‘values-driven’ fan of the SC Champion LA Kings who still retains Swedish citizenship due to my having lived there back in the early 80’s, I predict that Sweden walks away from these games with nothing less than ‘silver’ at worst. Friends, I know these people ‘intimately’ and I can assure you that when push comes to shove, the ‘viking’ blood which pulsates in their veins will offer no quarter ! No sir, as ‘Dairy Queen’ Crosby and ‘Me Make Score Goals’ Ovechkin are going to be running for the hills once the ‘viking’ blood has been stirred … and stirred it will be !

    *** Blomfeld’s ‘Personal’ Medal Predictions ***

    1) Sweden
    2) USA
    3) Canada

    6) Austria
    7) Russia
    8) Norway


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