USA Roster Taking Shape for Ice Hockey Worlds

Steve JankowskiAnalyst IApril 15, 2008

Three of the top-10 NHL rookie point-getters highlight the roster for Team USA as it prepares for the 2008 IIHF World Championships, being held in early May in Halifax, and Quebec City, Canada.

Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks led NHL rookies in scoring, and will suit up for the Americans in the Worlds.  He will be joined by fellow rookies Peter Muller of the Phoenix Coyotes and defenseman Tom Gilbert of the Edmonton Oilers.

Other highlights of the still-incomplete roster are Patrick O'Sullivan of the LA Kings, Jeff Halpern of the Tampa Bay Lightning and former Olympian Robert Esche, who spent this past season playing in Russia.

Craig Anderson of the Florida Panthers will be the other goaltender for Team USA.

Tampa Bay Lightning head coach John Tortorella will lead the Americans, who open play in the Worlds on May 2 against Latvia.