Team Russian announced its initial roster for the World Cup of Hockey on Wednesday with three Caps making the cut. Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov were among the first 16 players to be named to the team. Former Cap Semyon Varlamov was one of three goalies included as well.
Ovechkin has played at the senior level of 15 international competitions. Though Russia's struggles of late in the Olympics have been well documented, Ovechkin has won seven medals in the World Championships including three golds.
Kuznetsov has played in the World Championships three times with two gold medals. Orlov has never played on the senior team. His last international tournament was the World Junior Championship in 2011.
Here is the full list of 16 players:
Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets, G
Semyon Varlamov, Colorado Avalanche, G
Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning, G
Dmitry Kulikov, Florida Panthers, D
Andrei Markov, Montreal Canadiens, D
Dmitry Orlov, Washington Capitals, D
Artem Anisimov, Chicago Blackhawks, F
Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings, F
Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning, F
Nikolay Kulemin, New York Islanders, F
Evgeny Kuznetsov, Washington Capitals, F
Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins, F
Vladislav Namestnikov, Tampa Bay Lightning, F
Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals, F
Artemi Panarin, Chicago Blackhawks, F
Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues, F
Offensively, it is an unbelievably explosive squad. The team is lacking in defense, however, with inconsistent goaltending.
The 23-man roster must be finalized by June 1.