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2016 World Cup: Stepan and McDonagh Named to USA Roster

The Rangers' captain and Derek Stepan will be representing their country at the World Cup of Hockey.

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Well it looks like the New York Rangers will be quite well represented in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

From the NHL's press release:

TORONTO (March 2, 2016) -- USA Hockey announced today the first 16
players named to its roster for the World Cup of Hockey 2016, the
best-on-best international hockey championship from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1,
2016, in Toronto.

Named to Team USA are:

G Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay Lightning
G Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings
G Cory Schneider, New Jersey Devils

D Dustin Byfuglien, Winnipeg Jets
D John Carlson, Washington Capitals
D Ryan McDonagh, New York Rangers
D Ryan Suter, Minnesota Wild

F Justin Abdelkader, Detroit Red Wings
F Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
F Ryan Kesler, Anaheim Ducks
F T.J. Oshie, Washington Capitals
F Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadiens
F Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild
F Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks
F Derek Stepan, New York Rangers
F Blake Wheeler, Winnipeg Jets

McDonagh and Stepan, both Minnesotans, were Olympians together for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi where the United States failed to win a medal. Team USA looks like it will be a true power in the World Cup of Hockey thanks to outstanding goaltending, fantastic puck-moving defensemen, and some elite goal scorers. It will certainly be interesting to see what the rest of the roster looks like.

Which roster that was announced today do you think is the strongest? Which do you think is the weakest? Let me know what you think in the comments section.