Rookies Kessel, Stastny chosen for U.S. national team

Updated: April 16, 2007, 6:52 PM ET
Associated Press

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Colorado Avalanche rookie Paul Stastny and Boston rookie Phil Kessel were among the 18 players chosen Monday for the U.S. National Team that will compete in the world championships in Moscow beginning April 27.

Phil Kessel

Paul Stastny

Stastny had 28 goals and 50 assists in 82 games this season. Teammate Tyler Arnason also was chosen for the team.

Carolina Hurricanes forward Erik Cole and goaltenders Robert Esche of the Philadelphia Flyers and John Grahame of Carolina, all 2006 Olympians, also were chosen.

Kessel, Cole, Esche and Grahame were among seven players with experience in the world championships. The others were defensemen Andrew Alberts of the Boston Bruins and Keith Ballard of the Phoenix Coyotes, and forward Chris Clark of the Washington Capitals.

Also selected were defenseman Matt Greene and right wing Toby Petersen of the Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jack Johnson, Bruins forward Brandon Bochenski, Hurricanes forward Chad LaRose, St. Louis Blues forward Lee Stempniak and Washington Capitals defenseman Brian Pothier.

The selections included two college players, goaltender Cory Schneider of Boston College and forward Nathan Davis of Miami (Ohio) University.

Four remaining roster spots will be filled following the first round of the NHL playoffs.

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