CALGARY – Russia’s U20 national team coach Valeri Bragin made the final cut prior to the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Bragin said “nyet” to defencemen Roman Kudinov (Vityaz Chekhov) and Andrei Pedan (Guelph Storm), and forwards Emil Galimov (Loko Yaroslavl), Vladislav Namestnikov (London Knights) and Anton Zlobin (Shawinigan Cataractes).
Six players come from Canadian junior teams and 17 from Russia including six players who established themselves in the KHL.
The final roster is composed of three goalkeepers, eight defencemen and twelve forwards.
Player registration will start on 25th December.
Click here for preliminary rosters.
Russia’s 23-man roster
Sergei Kostenko, Kuznetskie Medvedi (RUS/MHL)
Andrei Makarov, Saskatoon Blades (WHL)
Andrei Vasilevski, Tolpar Ufa (RUS/MHL)
Viktor Antipin, Stalnye Lisy Magnitogorsk (RUS/MHL)
Zakhar Arzamastsev, Metallurg Novokuznetsk (RUS/KHL)
Ildar Isangulov, Tolpar Ufa (RUS/MHL)
Mikhail Naumenkov, Krasnaya Armia Moscow (RUS/MHL)
Nikita Nesterov, Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk (RUS/MHL)
Igor Ozhiganov, Krasnaya Armia Moscow (RUS/MHL)
Artyom Sergeyev, Val d’Or Foreurs (QMJHL)
Grigori Zheldakov, Spartak Moscow (RUS/MHL)
Danil Apalkov, Loko Yaroslavl (RUS/MHL)
Sergei Barbashev, CSKA Moscow (RUS/KHL)
Mikhail Grigorenko, Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
Nikita Gusev, Krasnaya Armia Moscow (RUS/MHL)
Alexander Khokhlachev, Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
Yaroslav Kosov, Metallurg Magnitogorsk (RUS/KHL)
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Moscow (RUS/KHL)
Pavel Kulikov, Reaktor Nizhnekamsk (RUS/MHL)
Yevgeni Kuznetsov, Traktor Chelyabinsk (RUS/KHL)
Ivan Telegin, Barrie Colts (OHL)
Nail Yakupov, Sarnia Sting (OHL)
Ignat Zemchenko, Severstal Cherepovets (RUS/KHL)