|1 out of 3 ain't bad|
There are many players this season who could play for their respective countries at the tournament. Canada is normally a frontrunner in this area, and this season is no different. With 7 NHLers who are eligible, they still wouldn't come close to rivaling the 2005 WJC team.
Here's a closer look at these players:
Jeff Skinner – Centre -
Matt Duchene – Centre -
Taylor Hall – Left Wing -
Tyler Sequin – Centre -
Kyle Clifford – Left Wing –
There was a chance they were going to let him go, as he only averages about 8 minutes a game, however the Kings were probably afraid he wouldn't make it.
Cam Fowler – Defence -
Alexander Burmistrov – Centre -
Having played in all of Atlanta's games this season, Burmistrov stays with the big club. I'm just glad the Russians don't get his firepower for the tournament.
Magnus Paajarvi – Left Wing -
Oliver Ekman-Larsson – Defence –
Ekman-Larsson was a late confirmation not to go, and despite being up and down all season, it looks like he will stick with the Coyotes.