2016 World Cup Of Hockey Rosters Finalized (Rolling)

Mar 27, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Chicago Blackhawks forward Marcus Kruger (22) warms up against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena.The Chicago Blackhawks won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 27, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Chicago Blackhawks forward Marcus Kruger (22) warms up against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena.The Chicago Blackhawks won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports /

World Cup Of Hockey Rosters Are Nearing Completion

About two months ago, preliminary rosters were announced for each of the eight teams competing in the World Cup of Hockey, which runs in September of this year. Today, the finalized rosters for each unit have slowly trickled out.

Finland, Russia, the Czech Republic and Sweden have already released their final lists of names, while Europe, North America, Canada and the United States will reveal their complete rosters later today.

The 2016 World Cup of Hockey will be held Sept. 17-Oct. 1 (at the latest) at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre, home of the NHL’s Maple Leafs. Preliminary action will run from Sept. 17-22 before the semifinal round Sept. 24-25 and the finals in a best-of-3 series on Sept. 27, Sept. 29 and Oct. 1 (if necessary).

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All but two of the teams are pretty straightforward as far as who is able to be placed on them. Team Europe will contain athletes from European countries that are not Finland, the Czech Republic and Sweden, while team North America will feature players from the U.S. and Canada who are under age 23 as of Oct. 1, 2016.

So, let’s take a look at the updated rosters, with italicized names those of individuals whose names were announced today. Non-italicized names are those of athletes who were on the initial rosters two months ago.

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Mar 27, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane (88) celebrates forward Teuvo Teravainen (86) goal against Vancouver Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller (30) (not pictured) during the third period at Rogers Arena. The Chicago Blackhawks won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports /

Team Finland

Tuukka Rask, G, Boston Bruins

Pekka Rinne, G, Nashville Predators

Mikko Koskinen, G, SKA St. Petersburg (KHL)

Olli Maatta, D, Pittsburgh Penguins

Rasmus Ristolainen, D, Buffalo Sabres

Sami Vatanen, D, Anaheim Ducks

Esa Lindell, D, Dallas Stars

Jyrki Jokipakka, D, Calgary Flames

Sami Lepisto, D, Salavat Yulaev Ufa (KHL)

Ville Pokka, D, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)

Mikko Koivu, F, Minnesota Wild

Jori Lehtera, F, St. Louis Blues

Aleksander Barkov, F, Florida Panthers

Mikael Granlund, F, Minnesota Wild

Jussi Jokinen, F, Florida Panthers

Valtteri Filppula, F, Tampa Bay Lightning

Leo Komarov, F, Toronto Maple Leafs

Joonas Donskoi, F, San Jose Sharks

Lauri Korpikoski, F, Edmonton Oilers

Teuvo Teravainen, F, Chicago Blackhawks

Sebastian Aho, F, Karpat-Oulu (SM-Liga)

Erik Haula, F, Minnesota Wild

Patrik Laine, F, Tappara Tempere (SM-Liga)

From Chicago Blackhawks fans’ perspectives, the key addition here is that of blueliner Pokka, considered the Blackhawks’ top defensive prospect at this point. He still hasn’t made his NHL debut with Chicago, but how he fares in this tournament could provide a nice boost to his hopes of making the Blackhawks out of training camp.

Another familiar name added is that of Lepisto, who you may remember as being with the Blackhawks after the first salary cap purge. It wasn’t the best of times.

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Oct 14, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov (26) against the Edmonton Oilers at the Staples Center. The Kings defeated the Oilers 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /

Team Russia

Sergei Bobrovsky, G, Columbus Blue Jackets

Semyon Varlamov, G, Colorado Avalanche

Andrei Vasilevskiy, G, Tampa Bay Lightning

Dmitry Kulikov, D, Florida Panthers

Alexei Emelin, D, Montreal Canadiens

Alexey Marchenko, D, Detroit Red Wings

Andrei Markov, D, Montreal Canadiens

Dmitry Orlov, D, Washington Capitals

Slava Voynov, D, SKA St. Petersburg (KHL)

Nikita Zaitsev, D, Toronto Maple Leafs

Artem Anisimov, F, Chicago Blackhawks

Pavel Datsyuk, F, Detroit Red Wings

Nikita Kucherov, F Tampa Bay Lightning

Nikolay Kulemin, F, New York Islanders

Evgeny Kuznetsov, F, Washington Capitals

Evgeni Malkin, F, Pittsburgh Penguins

Vladislav Namestnikov, F, Tampa Bay Lightning

Alex Ovechkin, F, Washington Capitals

Artemi Panarin, F, Chicago Blackhawks

Vladimir Tarasenko, F, St. Louis Blues

Evgenii Dadonov, F, SKA St. Petersburg (KHL)

Vadim Shipachev, F, Ska St. Petersburg (KHL)

Ivan Telegin, F, CSKA Moscow (KHL)

No Blackhawks-related updates here, although it’s probably good Russia put more than one defenseman on its roster. A really interesting note there, however, is the addition of Voynov. You may remember him as the Los Angeles Kings blueliner who has been off the NHL map since being charged with, and eventually pleading not guilty and no contest to, domestic violence.

Voynov was eventually put in immigration custody and eventually returned to his native Russia, playing in 38 games this season for SKA St. Petersburg. However, the NHL reportedly may try to prevent Voynov from playing in the World Cup. That’s something to watch.

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Mar 8, 2016; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes defensemen Michal Jordan (47) smiles after the game against the Ottawa Senators at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Ottawa Senators 4-3 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports /

Team Czech Republic

Petr Mrazek, G, Detroit Red Wings

Michal Neuvirth, G, Philadelphia Flyers

Ondrej Pavelec, G, Winnipeg Jets

Radko Gudas, D, Philadelphia Flyers

Michal Kempny, D, Chicago Blackhawks

Roman Polak, D, San Jose Sharks

Andrej Sustr, D, Tampa Bay Lightning

Michal Jordan, D, Carolina Hurricanes

Zbynek Michalek, D, Arizona Coyotes

Jakub Nakladal, D, Calgary Flames

Michael Frolik, F, Calgary Flames

Martin Hanzal, F, Arizona Coyotes

Tomas Hertl, F, San Jose Sharks

David Krejci, F, Boston Bruins

Ondrej Palat, F, Tampa Bay Lightning

David Pastrnak, F, Boston Bruins

Tomas Plekanec, F, Montreal Canadiens

Vladimir Sobotka, F, Avangard, Omsk (KHL)

Jakub Voracek, F, Philadelphia Flyers

Radek Faksa, F, Dallas Stars

Ales Hemsky, F, Dallas Stars

Dmitrij Jaskin, F, St. Louis Blues

Milan Michalek, F, Toronto Maple Leafs

Kempny goes from being listed as a KHL athlete to one with the Chicago Blackhawks, which is cool to see. Some Central Division foes were added to the Czech Republic’s roster, as was great former Chicago Bull Michael Jordan. Oh … nevermind.

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Apr 9, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger (22) against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. The Blue Jackets won 5-4 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /

Team Sweden

Henrik Lundqvist, G, New York Rangers

Jacob Markstrom, G, Vancouver Canucks

Robin Lehner, G, Buffalo Sabres

Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, Arizona Coyotes

Victor Hedman, D, Tampa Bay Lightning

Niklas Hjalmarsson, D, Chicago Blackhawks

Erik Karlsson, D, Ottawa Senators

Niklas Kronwall, D, Detroit Red Wings

Anton Stralman, D, Tampa Bay Lightning

Mattias Ekholm, D, Nashville Predators

Nicklas Backstrom, F, Washington Capitals

Loui Eriksson, F, Boston Bruins

Filip Forsberg, F, Nashville Predators

Gabriel Landeskog, F, Colorado Avalanche

Daniel Sedin, F, Vancouver Canucks

Henrik Sedin, F, Vancouver Canucks

Alexander Steen, F, St. Louis Blues

Henrik Zetterberg, F, Detroit Red Wings

Carl Hagelin, F, Pittsburgh Penguins

Patric Hornqvist, F, Pittsburgh Penguins

Marcus Kruger, F, Chicago Blackhawks

Jakob Silfverberg, F, Anaheim Ducks

Carl Soderberg, F, Colorado Avalanche

The always-underappreciated Kruger gets a call for Sweden, which will certainly help the team’s penalty-killing unit. It seems weird to see a Buffalo goaltender on any sort of all-star roster, but Lehner is actually a solid backup option to Lundqvist.

The remaining four finalized rosters will be released later today. Check back in with Blackhawk Up for more.

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May 8, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) makes a save against the Tampa Bay Lightning in game five of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

Team Europe

Frederik Andersen, G, Anaheim Ducks

Jaroslav Halak, G, New York Islanders

Thomas Greiss, G, New York Islanders

Zdeno Chara, D, Boston Bruins

Roman Josi, D, Nashville Predators

Dennis Seidenberg, D, Boston Bruins

Andrej Sekera, D, Edmonton Oilers

Mark Streit, D, Philadelphia Flyers

Christian Ehrhoff, D, Chicago Blackhawks

Luca Sbisa, D, Vancouver Canucks

Mikkel Boedker, F, Colorado Avalanche

Leon Draisaitl, F, Edmonton Oilers

Jannik Hansen, F, Vancouver Canucks

Marian Hossa, F, Chicago Blackhawks

Anze Kopitar, F, Los Angeles Kings

Frans Nielsen, F, New York Islanders

Tomas Tatar, F, Detroit Red Wings

Thomas Vanek, F, Minnesota Wild

Mats Zuccarello, F, New York Rangers

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, F, Philadelphia Flyers

Marian Gaborik, F, Los Angeles Kings

Nino Niederreiter, F, Minnesota Wild

Tobias Rieder, F, Arizona Coyotes

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May 23, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; San Jose Sharks center Patrick Marleau (12) and St. Louis Blues defenseman Colton Parayko (55) during the first period in game five of the Western Conference Final of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scottrade Center. The Sharks won the game 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Billy Hurst-USA TODAY Sports /

Team North America

John Gibson, G, Anaheim Ducks

Connor Hellebuyck, G, Winnipeg Jets

Matt Murray, G, Pittsburgh Penguins

Aaron Ekblad, D, Florida Panthers

Seth Jones, D, Columbus Blue Jackets

Ryan Murray, D, Columbus Blue Jackets

Morgan Reilly, D, Toronto Maple Leafs

Shane Gostisbehere, D, Philadelphia Flyers

Colton Parayko, D, St. Louis Blues

Jacob Trouba, D, Winnipeg Jets

Sean Couturier, F, Philadelphia Flyers

Jack Eichel, F, Buffalo Sabres

Johnny Gaudreau, F, Calgary Flames

Dylan Larkin, F, Detroit Red Wings

Nathan MacKinnon, F, Colorado Avalanche

Connor McDavid, F, Edmonton Oilers

J.T. Miller, F, New York Rangers

Sean Monahan, F, Calgary Flames

Brandon Saad, F, Columbus Blue Jackets

Jonathan Drouin, F, Tampa Bay Lightning

Auston Matthew, F, Zurich (Swiss)

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, F, Edmonton Oilers

Mark Scheifele, F, Winnipeg Jets

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Apr 24, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux (28) takes a shot during the second period against the Washington Capitals in game six of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports /

Team Canada

Corey Crawford, G, Chicago Blackhawks

Braden Holtby, G, Washington Capitals

Carey Price, G, Montreal Canadiens

Drew Doughty, D, Los Angeles Kings

Duncan Keith, D, Chicago Blackhawks

Marc-Edouard Vlasic, D, San Jose Sharks

Shea Weber, D, Nashville Predators

Brent Burns, D, San Jose Sharks

Jake Muzzin, D, Los Angeles Kings

Alex Pietrangelo, D, St. Louis Blues

Jamie Benn, F, Dallas Stars

Patrice Bergeron, F, Boston Bruins

Jeff Carter, F, Los Angeles Kings

Sidney Crosby, F, Pittsburgh Penguins

Ryan Getzlaf, F, Anaheim Ducks

Tyler Seguin, F, Dallas Stars

Steven Stamkos, F, Tampa Bay Lightning

John Tavares, F, New York Islanders

Jonathan Toews, F, Chicago Blackhawks

Matt Duchene, F, Colorado Avalanche

Claude Giroux, F, Philadelphia Flyers

Brad Marchand, F, Boston Bruins

Joe Thornton, F, San Jose Sharks

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Feb 2, 2016; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Columbus Blue Jackets defensemen Jack Johnson (7) skates against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports /

Team USA

Ben Bishop, G, Tampa Bay Lightning

Jonathan Quick, G, Los Angeles Kings

Cory Schneider, G, New Jersey Devils

Dustin Byfuglien, D, Winnipeg Jets

John Carlson, D, Washington Capitals

Ryan McDonagh, D, New York Rangers

Ryan Suter, D, Minnesota Wild

Erik Johnson, D, Colorado Avalanche

Jack Johnson, D, Columbus Blue Jackets

Matt Niskanen, D, Washington Capitals

Justin Abdelkader, F, Detroit Red Wings

Patrick Kane, F, Chicago Blackhawks

Ryan Kesler, F, Anaheim Ducks

T.J. Oshie, F, Washington Capitals

Max Pacioretty, F, Montreal Canadiens

Zach Parise, F, Minnesota Wild

Joe Pavelski, F, San Jose Sharks

Derek Stepan, F, New York Rangers

Blake Wheeler, F, Winnipeg Jets

David Backes, F, St. Louis Blues

Ryan Callahan, F, Tampa Bay Lightning

Brandon Dubinsky, F, Columbus Blue Jackets

James van Riemsdyk, F, Toronto Maple Leafs