Peter Chiarelli, along with fellow co-general manager Stan Bowman, has been charged with piecing together the roster for Team North America, which will participate in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
Chiarelli and Bowman will draw from both Canada and the United States, selecting players under the age of 23 (as of October 1, 2016).
In his scouting so far involving the eligible pool of players, Chiarelli says he sees “a lot of variance” with the youth.
The variance allows some players who may not have been seen on the original list to jump into the fray, while some may drop off.
“These guys, they bubble up but then they can bubble down too. It would be nice if we could delay to the very last minute with our team, but we can’t,” said Chiarelli.
Team North America will try to wait as long as they can, however. The Oilers president of hockey operations and general manager says he expects the management team to take up until the March 1 deadline to pick the first 16 and then up until June 1 to name the rest of the roster (total of 20 skaters and three goalies).
Chiarelli was asked if there is more risk for Team North America given the age of the players, to lock in 16.
“There’s a bit of a risk,” said Chiarelli. “I think we’ve got a pretty good idea of the locks and who those 16 are. I think we will have a very good idea at that point. There’s always a risk. I think if you look back on these teams, with the selection base, there are guys who should be on it or who shouldn’t be on it when you look back. I’m sure that will be the case too.”