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Kessel left off American roster for World Cup

Defencemen Erik Johnson, Jack Johnson and Matt Niskanen were amongst the seven players named on Friday. David Backes, Ryan Callahan, Brandon Dubinsky and James van Riemsdyk round out the forward group on the Americans' 23-man roster.
The Hockey News

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Phil Kessel’s name was noticeably absent as Team USA added the final seven players to its World Cup of Hockey tournament roster on Friday. The Pittsburgh Penguins forward had 59 points in 82 regular season games – his lowest total in an 82-game season since 2009-10.

However, the 28-year-old has picked up his production in the playoffs scoring nine goals and nine assists in 18 games helping the Penguins reach the Stanley Cup final. Since 2008-09, Kessel leads all American-born players with 243 goals.

Defencemen Erik Johnson, Jack Johnson and Matt Niskanen were amongst the seven players named on Friday. David Backes, Ryan Callahan, Brandon Dubinsky and James van Riemsdyk round out the forward group on the Americans' 23-man roster.

In addition to Kessel, other notable omissions from the U.S. roster includes forwards Tyler Johnson, Bobby Ryan, Kyle Okposo and Paul Stastny. On the blue line, Justin Faulk, Kevin Shattenkirk and Cam Fowler were left off the American squad.

Team USA

*added today

G Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay Lightning

G Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings

G Cory Schneider, New Jersey Devils

D Dustin Byfuglien, Winnipeg Jets

D John Carlson, Washington Capitals

D Erik Johnson, Colorado Avalanche *

D Jack Johnson, Columbus Blue Jackets *

D Ryan McDonagh, New York Rangers

D Matt Niskanen, Washington Capitals *

D Ryan Suter, Minnesota Wild

F Justin Abdelkader, Detroit Red Wings

F David Backes, St. Louis Blues *

F Ryan Callahan, Tampa Bay Lightning *

F Brandon Dubinsky, Columbus Blue Jackets *

F Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks

F Ryan Kesler, Anaheim Ducks

F T.J. Oshie, Washington Capitals

F Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadiens

F Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild

F Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks

F Derek Stepan, New York Rangers

F James van Riemsdyk, Toronto Maple Leafs *

F Blake Wheeler, Winnipeg Jets

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