Friday January 23rd, 2015

As expected, the NHL and NHLPA confirmed today that we'll see return of the World Cup of Hockey in 2016 and that the field will include a pair of multinational sides.

Team Europe will be comprised of players from countries outside of the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia and Sweden.

The players for Team North American Youngstars will be selected from a pool of the best 23-and-under players from Canada and the United States. Any born after the age cut-off date (still to be determined) will be available for selection exclusively by the Youngstars.

Based on early projections, here's how the rosters for the two sides might shape up:

Team Europe

Forwards (13)

Mikkel Boedker (Denmark-ARI)

Lars Eller (Denmark-MON)

Marian Gaborik (Slovakia-LAK)

Zemgus Girgensons (Latvia-BUF)

Mikhail Grabovski (Belarus-NYI)

Marian Hossa (Slovakia-CHI)

Anze Kopitar (Slovenia-LAK)

Nino Niederreiter (Switzerland-MIN)

Frans Nielsen (Denmark-NYI)

Michael Raffl (Austria-PHI)

Antoine Roussel (France-DAL)

Tomas Tatar (Slovakia-DET)

Mats Zuccarello (Norway-NYR)

Defense (7)

Zdeno Chara (Slovakia-BOS)

Christian Ehrhoff (Germany-PIT)

Roman Josi (Switzerland-NAS)

Dennis Seidenberg (Germany-BOS)

Andrei Sekera (Slovakia-CAR)

Mark Streit (Switzerland-PHI)

Lubomir Visnovsky (Slovakia-NYI)

Goalies (3)

Frederik Andersen (Denmark-ANA)

Jaroslav Halak (Slovakia-NYI)

Jonas Hiller (Switzerland-CGY)

North American YoungStars

Forwards (13)

Nick Bjugstad (USA-FLA)

Sean Couturier (Canada-PHI)

Max Domi (Canada-ARI)

Jonathan Drouin (Canada-TBL)

Jack Eichel (USA-TBD)

Alex Galchenyuk (USA-MON)

Johnny Gaudreau (USA-CAL)

Nathan MacKinnon (Canada-COL)

Anthony Mantha (Canada-DET)

Connor McDavid (Canada-TBD)

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Canada-EDM)

Brandon Saad (USA-CHI)

Tyler Toffoli (Canada-LOS)

Defense (7)

Aaron Ekblad (Canada-FLA)

Seth Jones (USA-NSH)

Dougie Hamilton (Canada-BOS)

Ryan Murray (Canada-CBJ)

Morgan Rielly (Canada-TOR)

Damon Severson (Canada-NJD)

Jacob Trouba (USA-WPG)

Goalies (3)

John Gibson (USA-ANA)

Jon Gillies (USA-CGY)

Malcolm Subban (Canada-BOS)

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