The Islanders are having a heavy showing at the world championships this year. Some of these players include Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Calvin de Hann, and more! Let’s take a look at some of these players going to represent their country.
Anders Lee – F – United States of America
This ain’t Anders’ first rodeo. He played on the fourth line for Team USA in the 2015 IIHF World Championships. With his short time on team USA, he managed to score 5 points in 10 games. Within those 5 points, he registered 4 assists and 1 goal. With his stats from this 2016-17 NHL season, he is looking to do better than last time. This season he registered 34 goals and 18 assists, totaling to a whopping 52 points this season. Anders Lee said in an interview that “It’s a great honor [to be on the team] and I’m always excited to play for the US team.” While Anders Lee will not be getting a letter this year, another Islander on team USA will.
Brock Nelson – F – United States of America
Brock Nelson is a member of team USA… again! This will be his fourth time on team USA and he will be looking to best his top notch 2014-15 season with the US. In that season he went a point per game scoring 10 points in 10 games. In those ten points, he collected 6 goals and accumulated 4 assists. This Islanders season he collected 45 points, his highest total yet. Brock Nelson is a great player and because of his greatness and time on the national team, he was given the high honor of being an assistant captain for the team. There is no player more deserving of this assignment than Brock Nelson.
Thomas Greiss – G – Germany
In my opinion, the greatest German goaltender of all time, Thomas Greiss, has been named to team Germany again. In his last showing, he registered a .90 save percentage and averaged a 2.5 GAA. Thomas Greiss managed to steal the starting job from a shaky Jaroslav Halak in this NHL season. For the Islanders and apparently the German national team, he has proven himself as a great addition to any club. He won’t be the only German there who usually wears the blue and orange though.
Dennis Seidenberg – D – Germany
Dennis Seidenberg is the redemption story of the tournament. In his last tournament, which was in 2005, he went pointless in 4 games. Now, for a defenseman like him, this wouldn’t be a big deal. But, (I hate this stat usually but in a small sample size it’s okay) he went -3 over a total of 4 games. This was Seidenberg when he was 23, a totally different guy. Maybe this time will be different, do I think it will be? Most likely not, but, it would be a fun thing to write about. So, I’m rooting for him. Let’s go to hockey’s birthplace next, Canada!
Calvin de Hann – D – Canada
This is going to be an exciting time for Calvin de Hann, as it is his first time on the national team for Canada. He has worn the red and white before during his year in the U18 World Juniors. So how good was his season this year to land him on team Canada, well, he was a strong force on the Islanders. He averaged around 20 minutes of play a night, a third of the game. He also registered 25 points, a decent amount for a defenseman. All round, Calvin de Hann is a decent player who I don’t see making a visible impact, I do believe that all the little things he does will overall help Team Canada. Well, that’s all the players going to the World Championship on the Islanders roster, but there’s still one more to talk about.
Illya Sorokin – G – Russia
The 2014 Islanders third round pick has certainly has made a name for himself. This year, with CSKA Moskva, he has registered stupendous numbers. In the 2016-17 season, he attained a 1.61 GAA and a .962 save percentage. Although he is a prospect, this is his second time competing with Team Russia in the World Championships. He is one of a pool of extremely promising Islanders’ prospects.
If you follow the Islanders, if you follow hockey, or if you just support your country in all sporting events, the IIHF World Championships are always fun to watch. Which players are you looking forward to seeing the most this year?