With the Los Angeles Kings out of the playoffs, their players have become available for the World Hockey Championship going on right now in Slovakia. Three Kings were chosen for the tournament: Jack Johnson, Michal Handzus and Jonathan Bernier.

 

Although Bernier was selected to Team Canada, he has not played a single minute of action as he is playing the role of the third-stringer behind Devan Dubnyk of the Edmonton Oilers and James Reimer of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

 

Michal Handzus has been chosen to represent his native Slovakia and has a +1 rating in one game played. The most impressive showing for any Kings player in this tournament is Jack Johnson, who is representing Team USA. In two games for the Americans, Johnson has recorded two assists and a -1 rating.

 

Heading into today's action, both Canada and the United States have perfect 2-0 records while Slovakia is 1-1. Canada and Slovakia wrap up their round-robin portion of the tournament today. Canada will play Switzerland while Slovakia will play host to Russia. Team USA won't end their roud-robin schedule until tomorrow when they play Sweden.

 

Given the situation of the Los Angeles Kings, it's hard to find much consolation in much else hockey-related. However, this is a great way for the three players, especially Jack Johnson, to showcase his talents to the rest of the hockey world.