Team Europe at the World Cup of Hockey was one of the teams left that hadn’t named their finalized roster for the upcoming tournament this September – but on Friday afternoon, the amalgamated roster was published.
Team Europe, created of all the players from the European nations not individually represented at the World Cup, includes some big names like Leon Draisaitl of Germany and Zdeno Chara of Slovakia. Now, we know how many other players not named earlier this spring will get a chance to play before the regular season begins.
Some of the names that had been left off at the time of the preliminary roster’s announcement, including Arizona Coyotes forward Tobias Rieder and former first round pick Nino Nieddereiter of the Minnesota Wild, found their way into the finalized list for the upcoming tournament.
The most exciting addition, though, may have been in net.
With New York Islanders starter Jaroslav Halak and Anaheim Ducks tandem prospect Frederik Andersen already named for the final roster back in March, there was still room for one more goaltender. That spot got filled by one of the most exciting players in the early rounds of the postseason – with Halak injured in the playoffs, the Islanders got to experience German goaltender Thomas Griess carrying them out of the first round and into the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
He finished the regular season with a .925 save percentage in all situations, then put up a .923 in the postseason with a shutout combined between the two; after spending the majority of his career as a backup, it was good to see him thrive in a starter’s situation.