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World Cup of Hockey: Russia final roster announced

Coming off a bronze medal at the World Championships, Russia is looking for success at a best-on-best tournament

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Russia has been an underachiever at best-on-best tournaments since professionals returned to the Olympics in Nagano almost 20 years ago. They have a silver and a bronze in the five Olympics with NHL participation, but no medals since 2002, even failing at home in Sochi in 2014.

Their team this time around will have depth at forward and in goal, but it is on the back end where the Russians will struggle. Alexei Emelin was named to the final roster after Canadiens teammate Andrei Markov was named to the preliminary roster. Slava Voynov, who is suspended by the NHL, was also named. It will be interesting to see what happens with that considering the event is run by the league.

Up front, Russia will rely on Evgeni Malkin, Alex Ovechkin and the top line from the most recent World Championships, Artemi Panarin, Evgeni Dadonov and Vadim Shipachyov. Dadonov and Shipachyov are expected to make the jump to the NHL.

Player Position Current Team
Sergei Bobrovsky G Columbus Blue Jackets
Semyon Varlamov G Colorado Avalanche
Andrei Vasilevskiy G Tampa Bay Lightning
Alexei Emelin D Montreal Canadiens
Alexey Marchenko D Detroit Red Wings
Slava Voynov D SKA St. Petersburg
Nikita Zaitsev D Toronto Maple Leafs
Dmitry Kulikov D Florida Panthers
Andrei Markov D Montreal Canadiens
Dmitry Orlov D Washington Capitals
Evgeny Dadonov F SKA St. Petersburg
Vadim Shipachyov F SKA St. Petersburg
Ivan Telegin F CSKA Moscow
Artem Anisimov F Chicago Blackhawks
Pavel Datsyuk F Detroit Red Wings/SKA
Nikita Kucherov F Tampa Bay Lightning
Evgeny Kuznetsov F Washington Capitals
Evgeni Malkin F Pittsburgh Penguins
Vladislav Namestnikov F Tampa Bay Lightning
Alex Ovechkin F Washington Capitals
Artemi Panarin F Chicago Blackhawks
Vladimir Tarasenko F St. Louis Blues