Nine players improving their World Cup stock

Parayko making immediate impact with Blues (1:47)

Blues rookie defenseman Colton Parayko breaks down his impressive offensive start and welcome to the NHL, facing his hometown Oilers in his first game. (1:47)

For one of the first times since the World Cup was announced, the tournament started to feel like a reality instead of just some far-off event coming next year. On Tuesday, one by one, the general managers for each of the North American teams -- Canada’s Doug Armstrong, Team USA’s Dean Lombardi and Team North America’s Peter Chiarelli -- took a few minutes from their lunch break during the GM meetings in Toronto to give an update on their teams.

They talked about the coaching staffs being assembled. Lombardi even sent an early challenge to his American leadership core of Ryan Suter, Zach Parise and Ryan McDonagh, saying the leadership has to be better than it was in the Olympics.

On March 1, each team has to file a 16-team roster that will be locked in for the tournament before the last player additions are made.