Varlamov will be competing for his country for the first time at the senior level, with his previous international experience coming at the World Junior and the World Under-18 Championships. At 21 years of age, he is the youngest player named to the team.
After serving as a back-up at the 2006 World Junior Championship, he won the starting position in 2007. He finished second (to Canada’s Carey Price) in the tournament with a 1.51 goals-against average and posted two shutouts in winning his second consecutive silver medal. Russia lost to Canada, 4-2, in the gold medal game.
He competed against Canada in the 2007 Super Series (junior) that pitted the two teams in an eight-game match-up.
I don't have a crystal ball. Predicting is a real complicated thing. If we stay healthy, have enough depth and get the good goaltending we think we're going to have, you can go all the way. But a lot of things have to happen. There's going to be a lot of teams that think the same thing. Everyone made deals. We're all are optimistic about where we'll end up.
— Rangers general manager Glen Sather after being asked if he's constructed a team that can win the Stanley Cup before their 4-1 win against the Predators on Monday