According to TSN and Team Sweden’s website, the Carolina Hurricanes will loan Elias Lindholm to Team Sweden for the World Junior Championships.
UPDATE: Rutherford says he is 90 percent sure Lindholm will play for Sweden, but Rutherford can decide against it in case of injuries.
Lindholm will join the team on Dec. 22 with the tournament stating Dec. 26. The tournament usually lasts past the New Years and into the next week, so the Canes will be without the 18-year-old for a good chunk of the upcoming schedule.
This could have a positive effect on the Swede, similar to when he played six games with the Charlotte Checkers. Ever since coming back up, Lindholm has looked much better.
Lindholm should be able to dominate in the tournament and lead Team Sweden in his native country, which should help his confidence.
As for the Hurricanes, missing Lindholm will be a hit to the team, but with every forward finally healthy, except Lindholm, they should be able to replace the forward.
It may also give the Canes a chance to call up Zach Boychuk, who played one game two weeks ago, and has been lighting up the AHL.
Losing Lindholm will hurt the Hurricanes, but replacing his spot in the lineup will not be difficult. Plus if the rookie can grow at the tournament it will only help the team down the road during the playoff push.