Chris Kreider, the Rangers first-round draft pick last June, was named today to the U.S. National team roster for the upcoming World Championships, and rookie defenseman Michael Del Zotto was added to the Team Canada roster.
Kreider, a center for
He joins Rangers Brandon Dubinsky and Matt Gilroy, of North Bellmore, and Islanders Kyle Okposo and Jack Hillen, on the team, which opens against host
Islanders coach Scott Gordon is behind the bench. Syosset-born Eric Nystrom (Flames) also is on the team, as well as goalies Scott Clemmensen (Panthers) and Ben Bishop (Peoria, Blues AHL affiliate); defensemen Jack Johnson (Kings), Keith Yandle (Coyotes) Andy Greene (Devils), Matt Greene (Kings), Taylor Chorney (Oilers) and Mike Lundin (Lightning) and forwards T.J. Oshie (Blues), Nick Foligno (Senators), T.J. Galiardi (Avalanche), Ryan Carter (Ducks), David Moss (Flames), Christian Hanson (Leafs), Ryan Potulny (Oilers) and Tim Kennedy (Sabres).
The U.S. squad finished fourth last season.
Del Zotto, who sustained a deep gash across his chest from the skate of Evgeny Malkin just before the Olympics, played in 80 games, scoring nine goals and 37 points.