MOSCOW Ė Russia cut its roster for the World U20 Championship to three goalkeepers, eight defenceman and 15 forwards, including Nikita Filatov, prior to the teamís departure for Canada.
The Columbus Blue Jackets, who picked Filatov sixth player overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, confirmed that the 18-year-old prospect will be part of the Russian U20 team in Ottawa, Canada.
Filatov played four NHL games in October and scored his only goal in his debut against Nashville, but has since been assigned to the AHLís Syracuse Crunch where he has seven goals and ten assists in 23 games.
Filatov is one of three AHL players on the team. Eight players on the Russian roster are from North American clubs, including Filatovís teammate Maxim Mayorov.
Russia won its first exhibition game against Kazakhstan, 4-1, on Sunday. The final cuts will be made after the second exhibition game on Tuesday against the United States.
Russiaís U20 national team as of Sunday
Goalkeepers: Danila Alistratov (Traktor Chelyabinsk), Vadim Zhelobnyuk (Dynamo Moscow), Sergei Gayduchenko (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl).
Defencemen: Maxim Goncharov (CSKA Moscow), Vyacheslav Voynov (Manchester Monarchs, AHL), Maxim Chudinov (Severstal Cherepovets), Igor Golovkov (Dynamo Moscow), Mikhail Pashnin (Mechel Chelyabinsk), Dmitri Kulikov (Drummondville Voltigeurs, QMJHL), Vasili Tokranov (Neftyanik Almetyevsk), Dinar Khafizullin (Neftyanik Almetyevsk).
Forwards: Nikita Filatov (Syracuse Crunch, AHL), Pavel Chernov (Atlant Mytishchi), Dmitri Kugryshev (Quebec Remparts, QMJHL), Evgeni Dadonov (Traktor Chelyabinsk), Nikita Klyukin (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl), Sergei Korostin (Peterborough Petes, OHL), Evgeni Grachev (Brampton Battalion, OHL), Alexander Komaristy (Yuzhny Ural), Kirill Petrov (Ak Bars Kazan), Alexei Potapov (Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod), Artem Dubinin (Lada Togliatti), Dmitri Klopov (Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod), Sergei Ostapchuk (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, QMJHL), Sergei Andronov (Lada Togliatti), Maxim Mayorov (Syracuse Crunch, AHL).