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Multiple Montreal Canadiens Could Represent Countries At Worlds

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The Montreal Canadiens are set to miss the playoffs this season, but there might be more hockey to be played for some.

TSN Insider Darren Dreger came on to TSN Insider Trading Thursday night to talk about the possibility of seeing a few Canadiens at the IIHF World Championships to represent their respective countries. Dreger spoke on how Josh Anderson and Nick Suzuki could be two likely candidates that would be called upon by Team Canada, due to their recent experience in the playoffs and their quality of play in elimination settings.

Suzuki has played a lot of hockey over the last 18 months, but that won’t stop him from representing his country at the IIHF World Championships. The 22-year-old has had a nagging injury that has inhibited him from practicing with his team, but, once he’s able to heal up those minor injuries, it would be an excellent experience for him to learn and grow as a player. With the tournament set to start on the 13th of May, Suzuki would have two weeks to rest up after the Montreal Canadiens play their final game on April 29th before having to hit the ice,

Anderson would be an interesting player to target for Team Canada, as the Canadiens forward has not represented his country internationally since the 2014 World Junior Championships in Malmö, Sweden. His wealth of leadership, quick skating and tough play could be valuable in such a tournament, especially with the tournament taking place on larger ice in Helsinki, Finland.

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However, Canada isn’t the only country looking at the Canadiens for players to represent them at the Worlds. According to Dreger, Cole Caufield is said to be on the shortlist for Team USA, as they continue to put out young and exciting rosters for their international tournaments. Caufield has played a lot of hockey over the last year, more than at any point in his young career, but the opportunity to wear the Red, White and Blue might be too tempting to pass up for the young man.

There’s still a week of hockey left to be played, but don’t be surprised to see some of these players named to the rosters of their respective countries prior to the tournament beginning on May 13.

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