Team Finland names preliminary World Cup of Hockey roster

Team Finland general manager Jere Lehtinen joins Hockey Central at Noon to talk about his roster and whether the ice changes the way he picks his team.

The Finnish Ice Hockey Federation announced today the first 16 players named to its roster for the World Cup of Hockey 2016, taking place Sept. 17 to Oct. 1, 2016, in Toronto.

Each team’s full 23-man roster must be finalized by June 1.

Named to Team Finland are:

G Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins
G Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators

D Esa Lindell, Texas Stars (AHL) – Dallas Stars hold NHL rights
D Olli Maatta, Pittsburgh Penguins
D Rasmus Ristolainen, Buffalo Sabres
D Sami Vatanen, Anaheim Ducks

F Aleksander Barkov, Florida Panthers
F Joonas Donskoi, San Jose Sharks
F Valtteri Filppula, Tampa Bay Lightning
F Mikael Granlund, Minnesota Wild
F Jussi Jokinen, Florida Panthers
F Mikko Koivu, Minnesota Wild
F Leo Komarov, Toronto Maple Leafs
F Lauri Korpikoski, Edmonton Oilers
F Jori Lehtera, St. Louis Blues
F Teuvo Teravainen, Chicago Blackhawks

Sportsnet’s Projected Full Team Finland Roster

All eight teams competing in the World Cup of Hockey 2016 are announcing their rosters of at least 16 players today. The announcement schedule for remaining teams (all times Eastern):

Team Russia:
Roster announcement: 3 a.m. ET
Official List: Team Russia’s initial 16-player roster

Team Czech Republic:
Roster announcement: 11 a.m. ET
Official List: Team Czech Republic’s initial 16-player roster

Team Sweden:
Roster announcement: 1 p.m. ET
Official List: Team Sweden’s initial 16-player roster

Team Europe:
Roster announcement: 4:30 p.m. ET
Official List: Team Europe’s initial 16-player roster

Team North America:
Roster announcement: 5:15 p.m. ET
Official List: Team North America’s initial 16-player roster

Team Canada:
Roster announcement: 6:05 p.m. ET
Official List: Team Canada’s initial 16-player roster

Team USA:
Roster announcement: 6:45 p.m. ET
Official List: Team USA’s initial 16-player roster