It was announced Friday that Team North America center Sean Monahan and Team Czech Republic center David Krejci would miss the World Cup of Hockey with injuries. Later Friday, center Vincent Trocheck was named as Monahan’s replacement, while Saturday morning, center Roman Cervenka was selected to replace Krejci.
The Calgary Flames announced Monahan will miss the tournament due to a back strain suffered during pre-season training. Flames GM Brad Treliving added the injury is not expected to be long-term and Monahan should be ready for the NHL club’s training camp.
"Sean Monahan has sustained a back strain during his pre-season training & ... will not be able to participate in the upcoming World Cup."
— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) September 2, 2016
By adding Trocheck, Team North America is losing a lot of size, but his offensive numbers aren’t far off from Monahan’s. The 23-year-old Florida Panthers’ centre measures in at 5-foot-10 and 182 pounds, compared to the 6-foot-3 and 195-pound Monahan, but Trocheck’s 53 points (25 goals, 28 assists) in 2015-16 were just 10 fewer than Monahan’s 63 (27 goals, 36 assists). Trocheck – who played in five fewer games than Monahan last season – brings more of a flashy, finesse style to Team North America, compared to Monahan’s two-way, power forward type of game.
Meanwhile on Team Czech Republic, the Czech Ice Hockey Association announced Krejci will miss the World Cup as he continues to recover from off-season hip surgery. The Czech squad had big plans for Krejci. According to Czech website iDNES.cz, Czech GM Martin Rucinsky had the 30-year-old Boston Bruins center pegged for a top-six role and also expected him to quarterback the power play on the blueline.
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) September 3, 2016
In Krejci’s replacement Cervenka, the Czechs have added a prolific international scorer. The 30-year-old Cervenka has represented his country several times on the world stage, including two Olympics. He had 61 points in 49 games last season for Czech club Piráti Chomutov and is signed with HC Fribourg-Gottéron in Switzerland for the 2016-17 season. Despite sustained success in Europe, Cervenka underachieved in a 39-game NHL stint with the Flames in 2012-13, when he recorded 17 points (nine goals, eight assists) and a -13 rating.
The World Cup of Hockey begins Sept. 17 in Toronto.