Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Stepan To Join Kreider on Team USA for World Championships; Will They Play Together?

The New York Rangers season might be over, but the team will have a presence at the upcoming World Championships.  Kevin Allen of USA Today tweeted that Derek Stepan will be on the Team USA squad along with prospect Chris Kreider.  The pair has played together before, most notably, at the 2010 U-20 World Junior Championships in which they played on the same line and helped win the gold medal.  The two have shown excellent chemistry together in the past and it would be an easy coaching move to put them on a line with one another during the tournament.

Along with Stepan, Marian Gaborik will play for Slovakia in the tournament, while Artem Anisimov, Vinny Prospal and Henrik Lundqvist all will be sitting out the festivities.