With the NHL’s first-round exits all but solidified — Chicago or St. Louis will join the ranks Monday night, Anaheim or Nashville will follow soon after — Team USA has added three more players to their 2016 World Championship roster.
Detroit forwards Dylan Larkin and Luke Glendening will be headed to Russia, as will New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei. The addition of this trio brings the roster to 20 players. That means it’s possible the team adds three more, most likely two forwards and a defenseman.
Players from the Minnesota Wild, Philadelphia Flyers and Florida Panthers may be among the players added to World Championship rosters over the next couple days, with those three teams being eliminated from the NHL postseason on Sunday.
One possibility for Team USA is Minnesota Wild center Charlie Coyle. He played for the U.S. at the World Championship last year, putting up five points in five games. He brings some size and versatility with the ability to play wing or center and could be a nice addition with a little bit of experience, complimenting a very young roster.
— USA Hockey (@usahockey) April 25, 2016
Here’s the full U.S. roster as it stands today.
Auston Matthews, Zurich Lions
Kyle Connor, University of Michigan
Tyler Motte, Chicago Blackhawks/University of Michigan
JT Compher, University of Michigan
Matt Hendricks, Edmonton Oilers
Nick Foligno, Columbus Blue Jackets
Pat Maroon, Edmonton Oilers
Miles Wood, New Jersey Devils/Boston College
Hudson Fasching, Buffalo Sabres/University of Minnesota
Dylan Larkin, Detroit Red Wings
Luke Glendening, Detroit Red Wings
Noah Hanifin, Carolina Hurricanes
Jake McCabe, Buffalo Sabres
Connor Murphy, Arizona Coyotes
Chris Wideman, Ottawa Senators
David Warsofsky, New Jersey Devils
Brady Skjei, New York Rangers
Mike Condon, Montreal Canadiens
Keith Kinkaid, New Jersey Devils
Thatcher Demko, Vancouver Canucks/Boston College
The 2016 World Championship will kick off on May 6 in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia.
Dustin Nelson is the News Editor for The Hockey Writers. He’s a contributor to Hockey Prospectus, Hockey Wilderness, and writes a column for Rotowire. He’s also written for Gone Puck Wild, Wild Xtra, InDigest, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, Tiny Mix Tapes, Prefix Magazine & other publications. Have a tip? Email him at dlukenelson[at]gmail[dot]com.