Patrik Laine, expected to be one of the first players selected in the 2016 NHL Draft, was one of seven players added to Team Finland’s roster for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey on Friday.
Laine, No. 2 on NHL Central Scouting’s final ranking of international skaters, could be one of the top two players chosen in the draft, which will be held June 24-25 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo.
Also named to Team Finland on Friday were forwards Erik Haula (Minnesota Wild) and Sebastian Aho (Karpat, FIN); defensemen Ville Pokka (Chicago Blackhawks), Sami Lepisto (Salavat Yulaev Ufa, Kontinental Hockey League) and Jyrki Jokipakka (Calgary Flames); and goaltender Mikko Koskinen (SKA St. Petersburg, KHL).
Laine, 18, had seven goals and 12 points at the 2016 IIHF World Championship and was named tournament MVP for Finland, which won the silver medal. He also was named MVP of the playoffs in Liiga, Finland’s top professional league, after helping Tappara win the championship.
He also helped Finland win the gold medal at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, where, as at the Worlds, he played with Aho, an 18-year-old Carolina Hurricanes prospect. Aho had 20 goals and 45 points in 45 games with Karpat in Liiga.
Haula, 25, set personal NHL bests this season in goals (14), assists (20), points (34) and games played (76). He also had one goal and three assists in five Stanley Cup Playoff games.
Jokipakka, 24, had six assists in 18 games and averaged 17:54 of ice time with the Flames after being traded from the Dallas Stars on Feb. 29. In 40 games prior to the trade he had six points and averaged 14:30 of ice time.
Pokka, 21, playing with Rockford of the American Hockey League, tied for fourth among AHL defensemen with 45 points in 76 games.
Lepisto, 31, had 30 points in 60 regular-season KHL games and 13 points in 19 playoff games. He was selected by the Washington Capitals in the third round (No. 66) of the 2004 draft, and played 176 NHL games between four teams from 2007-12.
Koskinen, 27, was the best goaltender at the World Championship, where he had a 1.13 goals-against average and .947 save percentage. He also had a 2.42 GAA and .915 save percentage in 41 KHL games. He was selected by the New York Islanders in the second round (No. 31) of the 2009 draft and played four games for them in 2010-11. He returned to Europe during the 2011-12 season.
The 2016 World Cup of Hockey will be played Sept. 17 to Oct. 1 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto. All games will be televised by ESPN in the United States and Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada.
Here is the entire Team Finland roster (alphabetically by position):
Sebastian Aho, Karpat (FIN); Aleksander Barkov, Florida Panthers; Joonas Donskoi, San Jose Sharks;Valtteri Filppula, Tampa Bay Lightning; Mikael Granlund, Minnesota Wild; Erik Haula, Minnesota Wild;Jussi Jokinen, Florida Panthers; Mikko Koivu, Minnesota Wild; Leo Komarov, Toronto Maple Leafs; Lauri Korpikoski, Edmonton Oilers; Patrik Laine, Tampere (FIN); Jori Lehtera, St. Louis Blues; Teuvo Teravainen, Chicago Blackhawks
Jyrki Jokipakka, Calgary Flames; Sami Lepisto, Salavat Yulaev Ufa (KHL); Esa Lindell, Dallas Stars; Olli Maatta, Pittsburgh Penguins; Ville Pokka, Chicago Blackhawks; Rasmus Ristolainen, Buffalo Sabres;Sami Vatanen, Anaheim Ducks
Mikko Koskinen, SKA St. Petersburg (KHL); Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins; Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators