Team Russia filled out the remaining seven spots on their World Cup of Hockey roster earlier today.
Vadim Shipachev, who was fantastic in Russia’s Bronze Medal effort at the World Championships this month, was added to the team. The other additions to the roster are Ivan Telegin (CSKA Moscow), Evgenii Dadonov (SKA Saint Petersburg), Slava Voynov (SKA Saint Petersburg), Nikita Zaitsev (Toronto), Alexey Marchenko (Detroit) and Alexei Emelin (Montreal) were also added to the roster.
Shipachev was the leading scorer at the 2016 worlds. He finished the tournament with six goals and 18 points in 10 games. A number of teams are reportedly interested in bringing the 29-year-old over to the NHL for the upcoming season.
Former Kings defenseman Slava Voynov (yes, that Slava Voynov) also won bronze with Shipachev at the World Championship earlier this month. The 26-year-old had no goals and seven assists in 23 games in the KHL in 2015-16. He was forced to go back to Russia after spending time behind bars because of a domestic dispute with his wife. There is some doubt as to whether or not Voynov is eligible for the tournament.
As always, Russia will have some serious firepower up front.
Here’s the full roster:
D Alexei Emelin, Montreal Canadiens
D Dmitry Kulikov, Florida Panthers
D Alexey Marchenko, Detroit Red Wings
D Andrei Markov, Montreal Canadiens
D Dmitry Orlov, Washington Capitals
D Slava Voynov, SKA St. Petersburg (KHL)
D Nikita Zaitsev, Toronto Maple Leafs
F Artem Anisimov, Chicago Blackhawks
F Evgenii Dadonov, SKA St. Petersburg (KHL)
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 Vadim Shipachev, SKA St. Petersburg (KHL)
F Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues
F Ivan Telegin, CSKA Moscow (KHL)
It’s no surprise that Oilers forward Nail Yakupov isn’t on the roster. After their Bronze Medal win at the worlds, Russia’s head coach Oleg Znarok said not having Yakupov on the team was “addition by subtraction”.