Team Russia’s head coach Mikhail Varnakov announced his 29-player roster for the world junior camp on Tuesday and there were some surprises.
The list raised a number of questions as it lacked last season’s bronze medalists Daniil Zharkov, and Pavel Koledov, who seems to be available for this year’s tournament, as well as Vladimir Tkachev, who turned a few a heads at the recent Subway Super Series.
On Thursday the Buffalo Sabres announced that they had made returnee Mikhail Grigorenko available for the Russian national squad.
“Grigorenko definitely would be a serious addition to our team. … We would be glad to have him,” assistant coach Evgeny Koreshkov told R-Sport, prior to the star forward’s release.
“He played well at the last world juniors but you always expect people to play a little better. Grigorenko can be a leader of Team Russia this year.
“We won Game 3 of the [Subway Super] series against Team OHL 5-2 and we had [Nikita] Zadorov on our team. He brought some confidence into theRead More »from Varnakov fills Russia’s WJC camp roster with a few surprises