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7 Blues Players, Prospects Expected To Play In IIHF World's

The 16-team tournament begins this Friday in Denmark.

April 30, 2018 - 3:50 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Final rosters have not yet been announced for each of the 16 teams competing in the 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships, but the St. Louis Blues will likely have a large presence this year. 

The tournament begins this Friday in Denmark, with a matchup between the U.S. and Canada on the first day of games. 

Here's a list of teams expected to have Blues representatives with them:

Canada: Brayden Schenn (alternate captain), Jaden Schwartz, Joel Edmundson, Colton Parayko, Mike Yeo (associate coach), and Martin Brodeur (general manager).

*Czech Republic: Dmitrij Jaskin and Adam Musil

Finland: Ville Husso and Niko Mikkola

*Russia: Nikita Soshnikov

U.S.: Tage Thompson

Some Blues players like Alex Pietrangelo (Canada) and Alex Steen (Sweden), who are usual shoe-ins for their respective national teams declined the opportunity to play in this year's tournament. Vladimir Tarasenko (Russia) had shoulder surgery a few days after the regular season ended, he is questionable to return before the start of next season. 

*Teams have only released initial rosters.