Taylor Chorney is now a member of the United States World Championship team. That an Oiler defender is representing the Americans is not much of a surprise but that it's Chorney is shocking. A terrible +/- record and being noticeably out of position not only has Chorney in the NHL, it's now got him into the high level competition! It's just... wow. Anyway, I sincerely hope it's a good development opportunity for him and that he comes to camp next autumn a better player. I certainly can't hurt.
Ryan Potulny was also named to the American team and is headed to the World Championships. This has been a fantastic year for Potulny and a strong tournament would further help to establish him as an NHL regular. Potulny only played 8 games with the Oilers in 2008-09, didn't make the team coming out of camp and passed through waivers on his way to the AHL. Things looked grim in October. But, Potulny made the most of his recall, ended up playing 64 games in the NHL - more than doubling his career total - and scoring 32 points in the process. Now he's off to the World Championships and may get his first one-way contract this summer.
Potulny and Chorney are just two of twelve skaters the Americans have named so far. Congratulations to both players!