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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

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 - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Palmieri 82 30 27 3 57
A. Henrique 80 30 20 10 50
T. Zajac 74 14 28 3 42
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
D. Severson 72 1 20 -8 21
R. Boucher 39 8 11 -13 19
D. Schlemko 67 6 13 -22 19
J. Moore 73 4 15 -12 19
A. Larsson 82 3 15 15 18
J. Blandisi 41 5 12 -14 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 27 25 6 .924 2.15
K. Kinkaid 9 9 1 .904 2.81
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