Six NHL stars with at the World Cup

Six NHL stars with at the World Cup
Six NHL stars with Switzerland at the World Cup

Coming to the World Cup on Friday in the Czech Republic, will be able to count on the presence of six NHL players. A neophyte, a returnee (Roman Josi, subject to the approval of his club) and four faithful. So many men who transport the national team to another dimension. So many pros who will be the leaders of a team that hopes to finally make it to the quarter-finals. But what are the characteristics of these hockey players?

The Bernese goalkeeper is coming out of a complicated season with New Jersey. A few months after being the hero in the play-off, when he helped eliminate the New York Rangers, the former SCL Tigers junior has not been consistently dominant. His mixed performances (only 89.5% saves in 19 starts) were punished by a dismissal to the American Hockey , to the Utica Comets. He celebrated his first selection on May 4 against Finland, at the Czech Hockey Games (3-1 defeat).

The captain of the New Jersey Devils has become a model of consistency in the NHL championship. For three seasons, the Valais center player has returned a card of approximately one personal point per (71 games, 67 units in 2023-2024). Today he belongs to the circle of the most complete attackers in the world, since he excels in the defensive management of matches and commitments (56% wins). He will be the boss of Switzerland in the offensive sector.

The Grisons winger, who plays on the third trio of the Winnipeg Jets (77 matches, 34 points), had to digest the disappointment of a lackluster elimination in the first round of the play-offs (4-1 against Colorado). The colossus (99 kilos) is a lover of the Swiss team, which he joins whenever the opportunity arises. In Prague, where his stature should do good near the opposing goals, he will play his eighth world championship.

Waiting for the green light from his Nashville team to join the Swiss team, the Bernese defender belongs to the elite of his profession. Named best NHL fullback in 2020, this year he is among the three finalists to obtain this trophy. He was once again the barometer for the Predators, as he was credited with 85 points, including 23 goals, in 82 games. Following the elimination in six play-off games against Vancouver, he should join the Swiss team for the first time since 2019.

The Zurich defender’s 2023-2024 season with New Jersey has been a roller coaster. The former ZSC Lions had to treat two injuries, including a concussion after receiving an elbow from Matt Rampe (NY Rangers). He missed 25 matches for medical reasons. The good news for Switzerland is that it still appears to have energy in the tank.

Able to shine at center and on the wing, the Bernese had his most productive season in the NHL with Chicago (75 matches, 54 points). This progression is mainly explained by his development and the fact that he evolved with Canadian Connor Bedard, first choice in the 2023 draft, expected to become a star of the league. With Switzerland, as was the case on Sunday at the Czech Hockey Games against the Czech Republic (2-1 victory), he could play next to Nico Hischier.



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