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Projections: Kings at World Cup '16

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings



To cap off the NHL Media Tour this week in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the league, along with the Players’ Association, unveiled the plans for the World Cup of Hockey 2016, which will take place from September 17 through October 1 of next year.

The tournament will consist of eight teams – Team Canada, Team Czech Republic, Team Finland, Team Russia, Team Sweden, Team USA, Team Europe, and Team North America.

Jon Rosen has provided an excellent breakdown of everything you need to know in regards to the early stages of this tournament's plans, including the full schedule and video interviews with numerous NHL stars, including the Kings' Drew Doughty and Anze Kopitar.

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NHL.com has begun roster projections for the National rosters – and a few members of the 2015-’16 Kings roster have been predicted to represent their respective countries in the international tournament.

Per NHL.com:

TEAM EUROPE

Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings, Slovenia, C -- Kopitar, 28, has scored at least 60 points in each of his first eight full NHL seasons, including seven 20-goal seasons and two 30-goal seasons. He led the Kings in scoring each of the past seven seasons, and was the lone NHL player on Slovenia's Olympic roster in 2014, when he had two goals and an assist in five games. The two-time Stanley Cup winner (2012, 2014) is one of the best two-way forwards in the NHL and was nominated for the Selke Trophy last season. Kopitar should be a difference-maker on special teams; he has 70 power-play and nine shorthanded goals in his NHL career.

Marian Gaborik, Los Angeles Kings, Slovakia, RW -- For all the unknowns about Team Europe, its top line seems all but set with Gaborik, a versatile wing, playing with Kings teammate Kopitar and Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa. The three have combined to win the Stanley Cup six times, and Gaborik and Hossa have played on the same line for Slovakia at the Olympics. Gaborik, 33, had 27 goals for the Kings last season; he has scored at least 30 goals seven times and has three 40-goal seasons.

Christian Ehrhoff, Los Angeles Kings, Germany -- Ehrhoff had three goals and 11 assists in 49 games for the Pittsburgh Penguins last season. He missed 33 regular-season games and all of the Penguins' playoff games because of injuries. He scored 20 or more points in his previous nine seasons, including an NHL career-high 50 with the Vancouver Canucks in 2010-11, and the 33-year-old brings more veteran leadership on defense.

See FULL Team Europe roster projections HERE

TEAM SWEDEN

Jhonas Enroth, Los Angeles Kings -- Sweden has several goaltenders in North America, but no one of the caliber of Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers. The move to Los Angeles will be good for Enroth, 27, who played 118 games during six seasons with the Buffalo Sabres before being traded last season to Dallas.

See FULL Team Sweden roster projections HERE

TEAM CANADA

Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings -- Doughty, 26 on Dec. 8, has won Olympic gold for Canada and the Stanley Cup with the Kings twice each. Doughty led Canada at the 2014 Olympics with four goals and six points, scoring the overtime winner against Finland in the last preliminary-round game. He was a runner-up to Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson (Sweden) for the 2015 Norris Trophy, garnering more first-place votes.

See FULL Team Canada roster projections HERE

TEAM USA

Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings -- Quick, 29, has more big-game experience than Cory Schneider of the New Jersey Devils and that could be the deciding factor in who goes into the tournament as the No. 1 goalie. Quick has won the Stanley Cup twice, was the No. 3 goalie for the United States at the 2010 Olympics and the starter at the 2014 Olympics, where he had a .923 save percentage and 2.17 GAA in five games. He made 36 saves in the 1-0 loss to Canada but allowed five goals on 29 shots in the 5-0 loss to Finland in the bronze-medal game.

See FULL Team USA roster projections HERE

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