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Team Canada Adds Matt Duchene; Team Canada's Pool

Apparently I missed one in last night's update as Matt Duchene has also been added to Team Canada's roster.  In my last update I talked about why Tyler Myers should win the Calder trophy.  Matt Duchene is another one of the nominees and he had a good season with the Avalanche.  The numbers aren't nearly as dominant as those of the Sabres' defender but it Avalanche fans do have reason to be excited.  Duchene led the rookie scoring race with 55 points and finished in a tie for second with teammate T.J. Galiardi in even-strength points with 33.  The NHL's rookie leader was Jamie Benn who hasn't been named to the team so far.

The preliminary round schedule for the World Championships has also been announed.  Here are each of the four preliminary round groups:

Group A - Russia, Slovakia, Belarus, Kazakhstan
Group B - Canada, Switzerland, Latvia, Italy
Group C - Sweden, Czech Republic, Norway, France
Group D - Finland, United States, Germany, Denmark

I'll talk more about the tournament structure and how I think things will play out as we get closer to the tournament.

Back to Team Canada, with the addition of Duchene, Mark Messier's roster now sports twenty players (and Jordan Eberle)  Here's the list (age in brackets):

LW Rene Bourque (28) - Calgary Flames
LW Evander Kane (18) - Atlanta Thrashers
LW Steve Ott (27) - Dallas Stars
LW Ray Whitney (37) - UFA (Carolina Hurricanes)
LW Ryan Smyth (33) - Los Angeles Kings
LW Brooks Laich (26) - Washington Capitals

RW Steve Downie (23) - Tampa Bay Lightning
RW Corey Perry (24) - Anaheim Ducks

C Rich Peverley (27) - Atlanta Thrashers
C Steven Stamkos (20) - Tampa Bay Lightning
C John Tavares (19) - New York Islanders
C Matt Duchene (19) - Colorado Avalanche

LD Francois Beauchemin (29) - Toronto Maple Leafs
LD Mark Giordano (26) - Calgary Flames
LD Kris Russell (22) - Columbus Blue Jackets
LD Marc Staal (23) - New York Rangers
LD Michael Del Zotto (19) - New York Rangers

RD Brent Burns (25) - Minnesota Wild
RD Tyler Myers (20) - Buffalo Sabres

G Chris Mason (33) - UFA (St. Louis Blues)

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