The early rosters for the World Cup of Hockey were released in March, and several members of the St. Louis Blues were represented. Alexander Steen, Vladimir Tarasenko, Jori Lehtera, and former Blue Vladimir Sobotka were all asked to represent their respective countries. Today, a few more joined their ranks.
The Czech team has added Dmitrij Jaskin to their roster. Jaskin joins former teammates Sobotka and Roman Polak on a deep team that is fairly solid.
Team USA finished their roster off with the addition of Blues captain and two time olympian David Backes. Backes probably caught the eye of his national team with a seven goal and 14 point playoff performance, which was the best of his career. Former Blue Erik Johnson was also selected for Team USA. They will join former teammate T.J. Oshie. Kevin Shattenkirk, who had a disappointing playoffs, was not selected.
Surprisingly, Patrik Berglund was not selected for Team Sweden despite a solid playoff and impressive season after shoulder injury sidelined him for half of the campaign.
Alex Pietrangelo was added to Team Canada's roster. Pietrangelo, you may remember, won gold with the Canadians in 2014 in Sochi. Fellow defenseman and rookie sensation Colton Parayko has been added to the Team North America roster.
In all, seven members of the St. Louis Blues will be representing their home nations (and whatever Team North America is) come September.