<
>

Team Canada brain trust meets to talk World Cup roster

Team Canada's roster could have a different look from even as recently as the 2014 Sochi Games. AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld

Team Canada general manager Doug Armstrong and his World Cup of Hockey management staff met Monday to update their player list for the September tournament.

Team USA, led by Dean Lombardi, is expected to meet Tuesday night here in Toronto as well as Wednesday morning.

It’s the third time Team Canada’s brain trust has met since last March and, yes, the list is indeed changing.

"It’s interesting now, this is our third time going through, the number of players that make consensus each time," Armstrong said after the meeting. "It’s starting to clarify our 16; I think our 16 will be universally accepted by our group at least. But there’s more players coming into the equation after the first month and a bit of the season, which is what we expected and what we wanted. Some players like a [Tyler] Toffoli, like a [Mark] Stone, like a [Jake] Muzzin, [Brendan] Gallagher, guys that we knew were good players but have continued on from what we expected and now are pushing some of the players that maybe have a deeper résumé."

Armstrong's management staff, which also includes Ken Holland, Bob Murray, Marc Bergevin and Rob Blake, is scheduled to meet again in January, at which point it’ll pretty much select its first group of 16 players to meet the March 1 deadline. The rest of the 23-man roster must be named by June 1.

"There’s probably 12-13 guys for a limited number of spots," said Armstrong. "So we got to really hone in on that group."