DETROIT – One addition and one snub.
That’s what the Red Wings learned when the six nations competing in September’s World Cup of Hockey revealed the final seven roster spots for each squad on Friday.
Wings defenseman Alexey Marchenko was added to the Russian team but forward Gustav Nyquist, who seemed a shoo in coming off an outstanding effort at this month’s World Championship, was left off Sweden’s 23-man roster.
Eight Red Wings will compete for six different teams, meaning Detroit will be represented in every tournament contest beginning with the 12 preliminary-round games set to start on Sept. 17 at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre.
The two Wings seemed like logical picks, especially since both played great at the World Championship, which concluded last weekend in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Nyquist, who had his struggles with the Red Wings this season, led all goal scorers at this month’s international tournament. The Swedish forward finished with seven goals – three on the power play – in eight games. Young star Patrik Laine, a presumptive first- or second-overall pick in next month’s NHL draft, compiled seven goals in 10 games for Finland.
The 26-year-old Nyquist has now played in the World Championship twice in the past three years, producing 11 goals and 14 points in 18 games. He also represented Sweden at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, where he was held without a point in six contests.
Nyquist is the Wings’ current iron man having played in 208 straight regular-season games dating back to December 2013. Though he’s led the team in power-play goals (21) over the past two seasons, Nyquist’s overall offensive production dropped last season. His 17 goals were 10 and 11 fewer than he scored the two previous seasons. Nyquist hasn’t fared much better come playoff time, where he has four goals and four assists in 35 career postseason games.
Meanwhile, Marchenko was another shining star on the world stage for the Red Wings. The 6-foot-2 defenseman and his Russian teammate Nikita Zaitsev each had tournament-best plus-12 ratings in 10 games to win bronze. Marchenko, who also had a goal and two assists, will play for a Russian squad that will most likely be captained by Pavel Datsyuk.
The 24-year-old Marchenko concluded his rookie campaign by recording two goals and 11 points in 66 games with the Red Wings last season. He and Danny DeKeyser were the only team defensemen to block 100 or more shots in 2015-16.
Last March, Datsyuk, Petr Mrazek (Czech Republic), Justin Abdelkader (USA), Dylan Larkin (North America), Tomas Tatar (Europe), and Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall (Sweden) were among the initial players named to national team rosters.
Former Wings forwards Valtteri Filppula (Finland) and Marian Hossa (Europe) were also named to teams two months ago.