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World Cup of Hockey: Team North America final roster does not include Alex Galchenyuk

The results may be up in the air for this team of young guns, but one thing is for sure: they will be fun to watch

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Team North America is a new addition to the World Cup. Limited to Canadian or American players who are 23 years old or younger, this team will be filled with some of the NHL's best young talent. The team will be headlined by last year's top two picks, Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel.

Named to the roster today was presumptive first overall pick Auston Matthews who will play in the city that is expected to be his NHL home, along with three other young forwards and three addition defencemen.

The defence is even better than you may expect with Aaron Ekblad and Seth Jones leading the way. They also have Matt Murray, who will be coming off his Stanley Cup Finals appearance with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

It will be fascinating to watch this group of players perform against the world's best and their youthful energy may prove to be to their benefit, not the other way around.

Player Position League Current Team
John Gibson G NHL Anaheim Ducks
Connor Hellebuyck G NHL Winnipeg Jets
Matt Murray G NHL Pittsburgh Penguins
Aaron Ekblad D NHL Florida Panthers
Seth Jones D NHL Columbus Blue Jackets
Ryan Murray D NHL Columbus Blue Jackets
Morgan Rielly D NHL Toronto Maple Leafs
Shayne Gostisbehere D NHL Philadelphia Flyers
Colton Parayko D NHL St. Louis Blues
Jacob Trouba D NHL Winnipeg Jets
Auston Matthews F NLA Zurich Lions
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins F NHL Edmonton Oilers
Mark Scheifele F NHL Winnipeg Jets
Sean Couturier F NHL Philadelphia Flyers
Jack Eichel F NHL Buffalo Sabres
Johnny Gaudreau F NHL Calgary Flames
Dylan Larkin F NHL Detroit Red Wings
Nathan MacKinnon F NHL Colorado Avalanche
Connor McDavid F NHL Edmonton Oilers
J.T. Miller F NHL New York Rangers
Sean Monahan F NHL Calgary Flames
Brandon Saad F NHL Columbus Blue Jackets
Jonathan Drouin F NHL Tampa Bay Lightning