For someone like RNH I would agree playing in the WJC is pointless. He's already proven himself at the NHL level. But someone like Zibanejad is yet to do that....I think another year in the tourney getting big game experience against the better junior age players could do some good for him. On the other hand, with it being on the bigger ice surface this year I can definitely understand the Sens not wanting him jumping back and forth.
I think that's the bigger issue, compared to the 15 or so AHL games he would be missing. Like EV said, if the tourney was being played in Buffalo this year, I would totally agree he should be playing.
20 Team Dynasty (points per) - G (25, 50 for defense) A (25) PIM (3) +/- (5) PPG (15) SHG (25) OTG (15) GWG (25) HTr (50) GP (2) HIT (1) BLK (1) Use actual NHL salary
F: Malkin, Tavares, E. Kane, Parenteau, Havlat, Tarasenko, Galchenyuk, Brunner, Boyes, Kruger, Helm, M. Martin, Bergenheim, Carcillo, Stajan
D: Green, Ehrhoff, Ekman-Larsson, Coburn, Daley, Postma
G: Fleury, Mason, Montoya
Farm: Grigorenko, Grimaldi, Kucherov, D. Shore, Hartikainen, Stransky, Kerdiles, Joensuu, Pageau, Murphy, Ceci, Klefbom, Thrower, Donovan, Ekholm, Lehner, Dansk, Poulin, Nilsson, Andersen