The Washington Capitals will have another representative at the upcoming Winter Olympics as forward Marcus Johansson has been added to Sweden's 25-man roster as an injury replacement.
"It's a great feeling," said Johansson, who learned of his selection on Thursday. "It's awesome. It's a dream coming true. Playing in the Olympics for your country, it's pretty awesome. ... You feel proud and really excited to be able to experience an Olympics and get a chance to win a gold medal."
Johansson will fill the void left by Vancouver Canucks forward Henrik Sedin, who will miss the Sochi Games with bruised ribs. Earlier this week, Sweden tapped Detroit Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist to replace teammate Johan Franzen, who is hampered by a concussion.
In 58 games, the 23-year-old, who can play left wing or center, has seven goals and 36 points. He will be making his Olympic debut as one of five Capitals participating in the Olympic tournament, joining teammates Alex Ovechkin (Russia), Nicklas Backstrom (Sweden), John Carlson (United States) and Martin Erat (Czech Republic).
Boasting depth throughout its roster, Sweden is among the pre-tournament favorites to win gold in Sochi.
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