We're just over six months away from the World Cup of Hockey, and it's time to get a glimpse of each of the eight teams slated to play in the tournament. Wednesday, March 2 marks the day where we'll get our first look not only at the new Adidas jerseys the teams will be wearing, but who makes the initial cut for the rosters.
With a rolling announcement list, Team Russia's initial rosters were made final at the bright and sunny hour of 3 a.m. ET. The first 16 spots will be set for every team by the end of the day, with the last five coming before the finalized rosters on June 1.
|F||Artem Anisimov||Chicago Blackhawks|
|F||Pavel Datsyuk||Detroit Red Wings|
|F||Nikita Kucherov||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|F||Nikolay Kulemin||New York Islanders|
|F||Evgeny Kuznetsov||Washington Capitals|
|F||Evgeni Malkin||Pittsburgh Penguins|
|F||Vladislav Namestnikov||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|F||Alex Ovechkin||Washington Capitals|
|F||Artemi Panarin||Chicago Blackhawks|
|F||Vladimir Tarasenko||St. Louis Blues|
|D||Dmitry Kulikov||Florida Panthers|
|D||Andrei Markov||Montreal Canadiens|
|D||Dmitry Orlov||Washington Capitals|
|G||Sergei Bobrovsky||Columbus Blue Jackets|
|G||Semyon Varlamov||Colorado Avalanche|
|G||Andrei Vasilevskiy||Tampa Bay Lightning|
With names like Ovechkin and Malkin, the Russian contingent will be one of the more potent offensive teams in the tournament. Three Capitals are in the mix, along with two Blackhawks, including leading rookie scorer Panarin -- who was ineligible for the under-23 roster as he is 24.
The biggest hole for Russia is definitely its defense and the trio of Bobrovsky, Varlamov and Vasilevskiy will have their work cut out for them in net helping to hide the glaring weakness of their team. Still, with Team Russia's high octane offense, it might not matter if it can outscore its opponent every night.