Canada released its preliminary 16-man roster for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey on Wednesday and, is often the case whenever Canada selects players for an international tournament, there was as much talk about who didn’t make it as who did.
Many of the familiar names were there — Sidney Crosby, Drew Doughty, Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith, Ryan Getzlaf — but there were more than a few notable omissions, including ’13 Norris Trophy winner P.K. Subban.
The Canada roster:
One of the more intriguing developments is that only four blueliners were selected. Of all the teams to unveil their rosters today, only Russia named fewer, and Canada GM Doug Armstrong addressed the team’s decision.
“There’s really good competition in the rest of that defensive group,” Armstrong explained, in an on-air interview with Sportsnet. “We have four players from the last Olympics that weren’t named [Subban, Dan Hamhuis, Jay Bouwmeester, Alex Pietrangelo] and we have some really good players, a player like [Brent] Burns that’s having a great year.
“There’s a lot of guys that can get into this group.”
At forward, notable omissions included former Hart Trophy winner Corey Perry — a member of the ’10 and ’14 Olympic teams — and Brad Marchand, who many felt had played his way onto the team with his stellar play this year. Marchand currently sits fifth in the NHL in goals, with 32.