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Oilers' McDavid to play for Canada at Worlds

Hall, Duchene, O'Reilly among first 18 players named to roster for May 6-22 tournament

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Edmonton Oilers rookie center Connor McDavid was one of 18 players named Monday to Canada's roster for the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

McDavid, the first pick of the 2015 NHL Draft, was fourth among rookies with 48 points in 45 games. His 1.07 points per game this season was fourth-best among rookies to play at least 40 games since 2005-06 behind Alex Ovechkin (1.31, 2005-06), Sidney Crosby (1.26, 2005-06) and Evgeni Malkin (1.09, 2006-07).

McDavid missed three months after he broke his left clavicle in a game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Nov. 3.

The 2016 Worlds will be played May 6-22 in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia.

Oilers teammate Taylor Hall, Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene and Buffalo Sabres forward Ryan O'Reilly, who helped Canada win the gold medal at the 2015 World Championship, also will play in the tournament.

Also named to the roster by Hockey Canada on Monday were goaltenders Calvin Pickard (Avalanche) and Cam Talbot (Oilers); defensemen Cody Ceci (Ottawa Senators), Ben Hutton (Vancouver Canucks), Ryan Murray (Columbus Blue Jackets), Morgan Rielly (Toronto Maple Leafs) and Christopher Tanev (Vancouver Canucks); and forwards Max Domi (Arizona Coyotes), Brendan Gallagher (Montreal Canadiens), Boone Jenner (Blue Jackets), Brad Marchand (Boston Bruins), Sam Reinhart (Sabres), Mark Scheifele (Winnipeg Jets) and Mark Stone (Senators).

Canada can have a roster of up to 25 players and will be able to add NHL players as teams are eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"The opportunity to represent your country in international competition is something that never gets old, as we've seen in the enthusiasm of this first group of players to join the squad and the others we're still in discussion with as we move through the process of building our roster," Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving said.

Treliving and former Washington Capitals GM George McPhee are co-GMs for Canada.

The team will be coached by Bill Peters of the Carolina Hurricanes.

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