However, there has also been good news for the Canadian contingent, with the tournament still two months away.
It appears forward Tyler Seguin, who played only once for Dallas in the playoffs due to injury, could be ready for the World Cup, according to Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill.
“Yeah, I’ve been talking to Tyler. He’s been skating and seems to be having no troubles. There’s a little bit of stiffness there still, but he feels comfortable and should be ready for the World Cup,” Nill told the Dallas Morning News.
Seguin initially suffered a partially lacerated Achilles tendon late in the regular season. He then suffered another injury in Game 2 against Minnesota in the first round, ending his post-season.
With a team that features plenty of offensive star power, it would be ideal for Canada to have both Benn and Seguin available. Benn’s timeline for recovery from surgery — expected to be six weeks — certainly makes it possible that he could be healthy for the tournament.
On the ice together in Dallas, Benn and Seguin have been a dominant force for the Stars, both in terms of point production and shot production at even strength.