The IIHF World Championships have the reputation as being a sub par international tournament. The tourney is at the same time as the NHL playoffs, and the top players don't usually play in them, even when they're NHL team is done. Some of the players playing in this years tournament are going to make the tournament, led by Sidney Crosby. The Penguins were recently eliminated by the New York Rangers, so Crosby is heading to the Czech Republic to play for Canada.
Canada will be stacked. Forwards include Crosby, Claude Giroux, Tyler Seguin, Taylor Hall, Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle, Tyler Ennis, Jason Spezza, etc. The team is by far the most talented in the tournament. The United States went a different route. Their roster is mostly composed of younger players. Jack Eichel will lead the team as the number one center. College stars like Dylan Larkin and Mike Reiley will also be playing key roles. Other names in the tournament include Jakub Voracek, Jaromir Jagr, and Pekka Rinne just to name a few. Russia's top line will be Malkin, Tarasenko, and Kovalchuck. The amount of filth. God.
You could say that the reason for the influx of stars in these World Championships is due to the players wanting to show the NHL they're committed to international play. Could be a statement that they want to play in the Olympics. Excluding Team USA who has not really drawn much star power past Jack Eichel and Seth Jones.
NBCSN will broadcast all the Team USA games and Team Canada's games should be available online. Team USA plays Austria today at 2:30, the stream is available at usahockey.com
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