USA Hockey announced that Chris Kreider and Neal Pionk will be part of Team USA's World Championships roster when the tournament starts next month.
Kreider and Pionk are the only members of the Rangers organization selected to be part of Team USA.
Kreider will be joined up front by Patrick Kane, Johnny Gaudreau and Long Island's Sonny Milano.
On defense, Pionk will join a group featuring likely 2018 first round pick Quinn Hughes.
Kreider said that he wanted to join Team USA because he wanted to play more hockey after missing time this season.
Rangers GM Jeff Gorton is part of the USA Mens National Team Advisory Group that helps select the players and coaches.
Mika Zibanejad will play for Sweden, Lias Andersson is a possibility for Sweden and so is Filip Chytil for the Czech team. Pavel Buchnevich is expected to play for Russia while Vlad Namestnikov will miss the tournament as he recovers from a shoulder injury.
Adam Rotter: This should be good experience for Pionk though there isn't a ton of NHL experience on the blue line outside of Alec Martinez and Conor Murphy. Still, getting to play in this kind of tournament and being with Chris Kreider and some of the talented forwards should be good for his development.
There are three current Rangers that I think could have been on this team, but Brady Skjei, Kevin Hayes and Jimmy Vesey are all looking for new contracts. None of those players will want to risk injury or anything in this tournament and that is likely why they are not part of this team, or at least not yet.