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2016 Russia World Cup Of Hockey Roster: Vladimir Tarasenko Selected

Vladimir Tarasenko will get a chance to represent his nation at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey in Toronto.

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Russia's World Cup of Hockey team made their first roster announcement at 2am Central. You may have missed it if you sleep like normal people. Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko was named as part of the team, which isn't a bad looking group of players.

Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets
Semyon Varlamov, Colorado Avalanche
Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning

Dmitry Kulikov, Florida Panthers
Andrei Markov, Montreal Canadiens
Dmitry Orlov, Washington Capitals

Artem Anisimov, Chicago Blackhawks
Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings
Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning
F Nikolay Kulemin, New York Islanders
Evgeny Kuznetsov, Washington Capitals
Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins
Vladislav Namestnikov, Tampa Bay Lightning
Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
Artemi Panarin, Chicago Blackhawks
F Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues

Datsyuk, Malkin, Tarasenko, Ovechkin, Panarin - this team is stacked with offense. So far, the defense and goaltending may not be as strong as the other teams', which leads me to believe that there's going to be a reliance on running the scores up.