The silver lining of the "best" teams getting blown out of the Stanley Cup playoffs is that the World Cup of Hockey gets to pick-up their players. The players have to volunteer of course and some may not want to after being denied their NHL dream.

So far eight NHL teams have been eliminated from the playoffs. That frees up about 176 more experienced NHL players.

10 Have joined Canada's team

Other rosters have not been posted to the IIHF website yet.

Because of the coincidental timing the World Cup is often seen in North America as the poorer cousin to the Stanley Cup. That is unfortunate. The players are playing for nothing but their nation's gratitude and their own pride plus the love of the game. That makes for some great viewing and I encourage all hockey fans to watch.