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Niederreiter To Play In 2016 World Championship

by Evan Sporer / Minnesota Wild

Forward Nino Niederreiter will represent Switzerland in the upcoming 2016 IIHF World Championship. The tournament begins Friday, May 6 in Russia, and runs until May 22.

Switzerland will play its first game May 7 against Kazakhstan (4:15 a.m. CT).

Niederreiter had a career offensive year for the Minnesota Wild, setting highs in both assists (23), and points (43).

Much of that offensive production came during a hot finish to the season, which saw Niederreiter record 11 goals and eight assists over the Wild’s final 27 regular season games. Including the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Niederreiter finished with 24 points over Minnesota’s final 33 games played.

He was also one of the more effective wingers in the NHL this season in terms of puck possession and scoring chances. He led all Wild skaters with a 54.46 shot-attempts percentage, and also with a 57.65 scoring chances-for percentage. Those ranked 26th and eighth among all wingers in the NHL this season, respectively.

Previously, Niederreiter has represented Switzerland in the 2014 Olympics, the 2013, 2012, and 2010 World Championships, and the 2011 and 2010 World Junior Championships.

In 2013, Niederreiter helped Switzerland earn its first medal — a silver — in the last 60 years at a World Championship event. He led Switzerland with five goals in that tournament, and also tied for first in scoring with eight points.

Niederreiter is also still eligible to be named to Team Europe’s roster for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Sixteen players have been named to each country’s roster, and the final seven will be announced June 1.

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