From the NHL:
On Friday, May 27, the eight teams competing in the World Cup of Hockey 2016 will announce their final roster selections.
Team Finland, 3 a.m. ET, Helsinki — Hartwall Arena
Team Russia, 5 a.m. ET (announced via press release)
Team Czech Republic, 5 a.m. ET, Prague
Team Sweden, 11 a.m. ET, Stockholm
Team Europe, 6:09 p.m. ET, TV reveal
Team USA, 6:13 p.m. ET, TV reveal
Team North American, 6:16 p.m. ET, TV reveal
Team Canada, 6:22 p.m. ET, TV reveal
There will be plenty of intrigue with these final selections. Each team has already submitted an original list of 16 players, meaning the remaining seven must be selected by tomorrow’s deadline.
Some of the key decisions at hand:
— Who will secure the remaining positions on Canada’s blueline? Four guys — Drew Doughty, Duncan Keith, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Shea Weber — have already made the team, leaving the likes of P.K. Subban, Alex Pietrangelo, Brent Burns, Kris Letang, Jay Bouwmeester and Mark Giordano for the final spots. That’s a crazy amount of talent on defense.
— Will Auston Matthews, the presumptive No. 1 pick at this year’s draft, be selected for Team North America?
— Phil Kessel was left off the U.S.’s original list of 16 players. Has his terrific postseason earned him a spot? Same question could be asked of Tampa Bay’s Tyler Johnson and St. Louis’ David Backes.
— Dallas’s John Klingberg, one of the better offensive defensemen in the NHL, failed to make Team Sweden the first time around. Will he get a shot?
— Finnish phenoms Patrick Laine and Jesse Puljujarvi are expected to go No. 2 and No. 3 at the draft. But will GM Jere Lehtinen take them to the World Cup?