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

The final roster announcement schedule for all teams on May 27 is as follows:
*All times Eastern

Team Finland:
Roster announcement: 3 a.m. ET
See Team Finland’s initial 16-player roster

Team Russia:
Roster announcement: 5 a.m. ET
See Team Russia’s initial 16-player roster

Team Czech Republic:
Roster announcement: 5 a.m. ET
See Team Czech Republic’s initial 16-player roster

Team Sweden:
Roster announcement: 11 a.m. ET
See Team Sweden’s initial 16-player roster

Team Europe:
Roster announcement: 6:09 ET
See Team Europe’s initial 16-player roster

Team U.S.A.
Roster announcement: 6:13 ET
See Team U.S.A.’s initial 16-player roster

Team North America:
Roster announcement: 6:16 ET
Mark Spector’s full Team North America projected roster

Team Canada:
Roster announcement: 6:22 ET
Damien Cox’s full Team Canada projected roster