The Phoenix Coyotes failure to make the playoffs this year had a silver lining. Phoenix's lack of a postseason berth allowed seven players and head coach Dave Tippett to participate in the 2013 IIHF World Championships in Scandinavia. Six of the seven player's teams reached the medal round with only Mikkel Boedker's Danish squad not making the round of eight. However, only forward David Moss is coming home with a medal. Moss' Team USA squad defeated Lauri Korpikoski's Team Finland squad 3-2 on Sunday in the bronze medal game. Korpikoski scored both of his team's goals and finished the tournament with 3 goals and 2 assists in the eight games he played for his country. Moss finished with 4 goals and 3 assists in 10 games played.
While only two Coyotes made it to the medal round others put up impressive individual numbers. Mike Smith finished with a 2-2 record for Team Canada, but the record is a bit misleading. He finished with a .944 save percentage and 1.65 goals against average. Three of Smith's teammates in Phoenix played for their native Czech Republic. Defensemen Zbynek Michalek showed off his offensive prowess, putting up 3 goals and 1 assist in 8 games. The inseparable combo of Martin Hanzal and Radim Vrbata combined for 3 goals and 4 assists and while facing off against other countries top lines (sound familiar?). Expect to see a number of the players play for their national teams again at next year's Winter Olympics in Sochi assuming NHL participation in the event gets worked out.