Avalanche left wing/captain Gabe Landeskog is expected to be named captain of Team Sweden and Avs defenseman Jan Hejda is earmarked as a top blue-liner for the Czech Republic as the World Championship is set to begin in Finland and Sweden this week. Naming Landeskog captain for such a big international tournament that Sweden and the like treat so highly backs up the Avs’ decision to put the C on his chest before he could legally buy a beer.

The Avs are represented on the United States squad by forwards Paul Stastny and Aaron Palushaj and defensemen Erik Johnson and Matt Hunwick. And centers Matt Duchene and Ryan O’Reilly are playing for Canada.

Avs goalie Semyon Varlamov is playing for Russia. He made an interesting comment about Russia’s goalie situation and the Avs’ problems this season that can be seen here. Eurolanche is a good Avalanche source for news when the guys are overseas.