5/11/21 | 7:43PM: Braden Schneider will play for Canada at the World Championships. (Dreger)
5/10/21 |10:15PM: Lafreniere’s agent confirmed that he won’t be playing for Canada and cited the pandemic, condensed schedule and that he hasn’t seen his family since November as reasons why. (TVA)
9:24 PM: The Rangers have announced that the following players are slated to play at the World Championships when they begin on May 21st.
- Czech Republic: Libor Hajek, Filip Chytil
- USA: Zac Jones, Colin Blackwell, Kevin Rooney
- Slovakia: Adam Huska
Chris Drury is the GM for Team USA and it was announced today that former Islanders coach Jack Capuano will be the head coach for Team USA.
Larry Brooks wrote in the NY Post yesterday that Adam Fox and K’Andre Miller declined invitations to play for Team USA and that Alexis Lafreniere was expected to decline an invitation to play for Team Canada.
Jacob Trouba also said he wasn’t going to play for Team USA. (Walker)
Adam Rotter: After all the restrictions and everything that players had to go through and deal with this year I’m not surprised many are turning down the invitations to play. In a normal year I think you’d see Fox, Miller, Lafreniere, Kakko and maybe some others if they were healthy, but I don’t blame anyone for not wanting to go this year. It may also say a lot for the issues Chris Drury may have fielding a competitive team when parts of the initial roster include a defenseman with less than 10 games of experience and, though Blackwell played up in the lineup for a lot of the season, two bottom-six forwards. I think it’s good that Chytil is going and hopefully he can have a strong tournament and recapture what he had going at the start of this year before he got hurt.