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Tarasenko among names on Russia's early roster

Saturday, 12.04.2010 / 6:05 PM / 2011 World Junior Championship

By Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

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Tarasenko among names on Russia's early roster
With hopes of rebounding from a disappointing sixth-place showing, Russia has announced its preliminary 34-player roster for the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship.
With hopes of rebounding from a disappointing sixth-place showing last year, the Russian Hockey Federation announced its preliminary 34-player roster for the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship, to be played in Buffalo and Niagara, N.Y., later this month.
 
The team, coached by Valery Bragin, will hold its camp Dec. 7-18 in Russia before departing for North America to play a pre-tournament exhibition schedule. Bragin's preliminary roster, which has 19 forwards, 11 defensemen and four goalies, includes five NHL draft choices and seven players currently starring in the Canadian Hockey League.
 
Leading the way is forward Vladimir Tarasenko, taken by the St. Louis Blues with the No. 16 pick of the 2010 Entry Draft. The Washington Capitals have three players on the team -- a pair of forwards, 2010 first-round choice Evgeny Kuznetsov and third-round pick Stanislav Galiev, and 2009 second-round selection Dmitry Orlov.
 
There are seven returning players from last year's team, which was the first in six years not to medal at the tournament. Russia last won gold in the WJC in 2003. They captured silver in 2005, '06 and '07 and bronze in '08 and '09. Russia will play in Group B with Sweden, Czech Republic, Norway and Canada, its first opponent in preliminary-round action,  Dec. 26 at HSBC Arena in Buffalo.
 
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RUSSIA 2011 WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP SELECTION CAMP ROSTER
 
GOALIES
-- Ramis Sadikov, Erie, OHL (2011 Draft eligible); Igor Bobkov, London, OHL (Anaheim); Dmitry Shikin, SKA St. Petersburg, KHL (2011 Draft eligible); Emil Garipov, Almetyevsk Neftyanik (2011 Draft eligible).
 
DEFENSEMEN -- Georgi Berdyukov, SKA St. Petersburg (2011 Draft eligible); Maxim Berezin, Nizhnekamsk, Russia Jr. (2011 Draft eligible); Mikhail Grigoryev, Neftekamsk, Russia-2 (2011 Draft eligible); Maxim Ignatovich, Novosibirsk, Russia Jr. (2011 Draft eligible); Nikita Pivtsakin, Avangard Omsk, KHL (2011 Draft eligible); Andrey Sergeyev, Nizhnekamsk, Russia Jr. (2011 Draft eligible); Yuri Urychev, Yarslavl Lokomotiv, Russia Jr. (2011 Draft eligible); Dmitry Orlov, Metallurg Novokuznetsk (Washington); Andrei Pedan, Guelph, OHL (2011 Draft eligible); Alexei Marchenko, CSKA, Russia Jr. (2011 Draft eligible); Nikita Zaytsev, Sibir, KHL (2011 Draft eligible).
 
FORWARDS -- Stanislav Bocharov, Kazan AK Bars, KHL (2011 Draft eligible); Anton Burdasov, Traktor Chelyabinsk, Russia Jr. (2011 Draft eligible); Nikita Dvurechensky, Moscow Dynamo, KHL (2011 Draft eligible); Denis Golubev, Kazan AK Bars, KHL (2011 Draft eligible); Sergei Kalinin, Avangard Omsk, KHL (2011 Draft eligible); Maxim Kitsyn, Novokuznetsk Metallurg, KHL (Los Angeles); Artemy Panarin, Chekhov Vityaz, KHL (2011 Draft eligible); Daniil Sobchenko, Yaroslavl Lokomotiv (2011 Draft eligible); Artem Voronin, Moscow Spartak, Russia Jr. (2011 Draft eligible); Pavel Zdunov, Magnitogorsk Metallurg, KHL (2011 Draft eligible); Ivan Telegin, Saginaw, OHL (Atlanta); Nail Yakupov, Sarnia, OHL (2012 Draft eligible); Vladislav Namestnikov, London, OHL (2011 Draft eligible); Vladimir Tarasenko, Sibir, KHL (St. Louis); Evgeny Kuznetsov, Traktor Chelyabinsk, KHL (Washington); Vladislav Kartayev, Salavat Yulayev, KHL (2011 Draft eligible); Semen Valuysky, Nizhny Novgorod, KHL (2011 Draft eligible); Albert Konozov, SKA St. Petersburg, Russia Jr. (2011 Draft eligible); Stanislav Galiev, Saint John, QMJHL (Washington).
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