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Kovalchuk leads Russian world championship roster

Tuesday, 04.30.2013 / 3:53 PM ET / News
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Kovalchuk leads Russian world championship roster
According to RIA Novosti, Ilya Kovalchuk of the New Jersey Devils has been named to Russia\'s preliminary roster for the 2013 IIHF World Championship.

The defending world champions will have a number of familiar faces returning to their squad in 2013, but they'll also be adding one of hockey's biggest names.

According to RIA Novosti, Ilya Kovalchuk of the New Jersey Devils has been named to Russia's preliminary roster for the 2013 IIHF World Championship, which begins May 3 in Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden.

Kovalchuk will be the biggest name on a roster that currently features 12 players from the 2012 team that won gold with a 6-2 win in the championship game against Slovakia. NHL superstars Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin and Pavel Datsyuk - who helped lead Russia to championship gold last year - won't be back on the national team this time, unless their teams lose in the opening round of the playoffs and they decide to join mid-tournament.

But returnees will include goaltender Semyon Varlamov of the Colorado Avalanche, Washington Capitals prospect Evgeni Kuznetsov and longtime Avangard Omsk forward Alexander Popov.

Kovalchuk and Varlamov are among the few NHL players on a preliminary roster currently made up primarily of players from the Kontinental Hockey League. Other NHL players on the Russian roster include Ilya Bryzgalov of the Philadelphia Flyers and Andrei Loktionov of the New Jersey Devils as well as Artem Anisimov and Fedor Trytin of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Kovalchuk and Bryzgalov played together on the 2009 squad that also won world championship gold. Last year's squad cruised to the world title, posting a plus-30 goal differential in 10 tournament games. Russia has won three of the past five World Championship tournaments and finished second to the Czech Republic in 2010.

RUSSIA PRELIMINARY ROSTER

Goalies
Ilya Bryzgalov
Semyon Varlamov
Vasily Koshechkin
Konstantin Barulin

Defense
Fedor Tyutin
Anton Belov
Evgeny Biryukov
Evgeny Ryasenky
Denis Denisov
Jakub Rylov
Nikita Zaitsev
Ilya Nikulin

Forwards
Ilya Kovalchuk
Artem Anisimov
Andrei Loktionov
Alexander Radulov
Sergei Mozyakin
Alexander Popov
Evgeni Kuznetsov
Alexander Svitov
Viktor Tikhonov
Denis Kokarev
Alexei Tereschenko
Alexander Perezhogin
Sergei Soin
Egor Averin
Kirill Petrov
Vadim Shipachev

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 75 16 27 -6 43
M. Cammalleri 68 27 15 2 42
P. Elias 69 13 21 -20 34
S. Gomez 58 7 27 -10 34
S. Bernier 67 16 16 2 32
T. Zajac 74 11 14 -3 25
A. Larsson 64 3 21 2 24
A. Greene 82 3 19 1 22
E. Gelinas 61 6 13 -2 19
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 31 9 .925 2.26
K. Kinkaid 6 5 4 .915 2.59