Today marked the unveiling of the preliminary rosters for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. To nobody's big surprise, Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Martin Hanzal will represent the Arizona Coyotes for Team Sweden and Team Czech Republic. But for now, arguably Arizona's two best forwards and two of the NHL's best rookies will not be in Toronto this summer.
Both Max Domi and Anthony Duclair are nowhere to be found on the preliminary roster for Team North America, which combines the best players 23 years and under from the United States and Canada. Fellow rookies Connor McDavid, Jack Eichel, and Dylan Larkin were all a part of the first 16 players.
While Duclair's 16 goals and 17 assists this season are not quite among the league leaders, Max Domi has consistently been one of the best of the NHL's up and coming stars. His 42 points (17 goals, 25 assists) are better than every forward on the roster except for Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan. Between the U-17 World Hockey Challenge, Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, and World Junior Championship, Domi has 11 goals and 13 assists in 18 games of international play.
Now obviously sheer point totals are not the end-all be-all for who is in and who isn't; Connor McDavid would almost certainly be ahead of every rookie in the NHL were it not for his unfortunate shoulder injury (he currently had 31 points in just 29 games), while Sean Couturier has also missed a substantial amount of time.
Still, Domi's stellar rookie campaign should make him one of - if not the biggest - frontrunners for one of the remaining forward slots. Anthony Duclair is close, but may be on the outside looking in when all is said and done. Between their international and NHL experience, Domi and Duclair are both more than worthy additions to the North American team at the World Cup of Hockey.