Buffalo Sabres captain Jack Eichel is among 17 players announced Thursday as part of USA Hockey’s roster for next month’s IIHF World Championship in Slovakia.
Eichel, a 22-year-old center for the Sabres, competed in the tournament two years ago, when Team USA lost in the quarterfinals. He recorded five assists with a minus-1 rating in eight games and won’t be the only Buffalo connection during this year’s tournament, which will be held May 10-26.
General Manager Jason Botterill is part of Canada’s management team, and Sabres winger Sam Reinhart will compete for Canada. Rosters for other countries have yet to be released, so it’s possible they will be joined by other Sabres.
Eichel set career highs in goals (28) and points (82) in 77 games this season, his first as the team’s captain.
Chicago Blackhawks left wing Patrick Kane, a South Buffalo native, will serve as Team USA’s captain for the tournament.
The other 15 players announced to the roster were Blackhawks wingers Alex Debrincat and Luke Glendening and center Dylan Larkin of Detroit, Arizona center Clayton Keller, the New York Rangers winger Chris Kreider, Philadelphia winger James van Riemsdyk, Florida winger Frank Vatrano, Ottawa center Colin White, Vancouver defenseman Quinn Hughes, Los Angeles defenseman Alec Martinez, Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei, Minnesota defenseman Ryan Suter, New Jersey goalie Cory Schneider, Vancouver goalie Thatcher Demko and Montreal goalie prospect Cayden Primeau.