With Kazan probably not qualifying in Final 6 in CL, NT season is just around the corner after Russian SL championship.
In my opinion, this will be the biggest question mark this year. With Pankov at the helm as NT coach, I expect Pankova to be definitely part of the team. Whether she is the team's main setter or not, this is for another discussion. Vetrova is really doing good in Moscow and she has a good chance of being invited. I want Startseva to return to NT as well after her absence last year. As much as I would like Babeshina to return, I think her age is a limiting factor for the busy NT season.
We all know Goncharova will be titular as OPP, but who can be her alternatives? Voronkova* is the most obvious choice, but IMHO, she plays better as OH and will be better playing in Position 4. Malykh can be invited back, but I'm not so sure of her interest in returning to NT after the tragic remarks by Kuzyutkin. Lastly, we both have Malygina and Lazareva who are both "untested", but I see more potential in the latter.
With Kosheleva being absent up until WCH due to her injury, Russia needs a terminal OH and the closest I can think of is Voronkova. Parubets will also get invited. As for defensive OHs, the two OHs from Moscow Shcherban and Krotkova/Khodunova are good candidiates.
Russia will still be using their trio of middle blockers last year: Fetisova, Koreleva, Efimova. Probably this is the time to integrate Lazarenko to the senior team.
Malova returning to NT this 2018, is still a question mark I think. Kryuchkova was part of NT this year, and will probably do the same this year. Other than the first two, Ulanova is also a good candidate
My Russia 2018
Setter: Vetrova, Startseva
Opposite: Goncharova, Malykh
OH: Voronkova/Lazareva, Shcherban, Khodunova
MB: Fetisova, Koreleva, Efimova, Lazarenko
L: Malova (if she returns), Kryuchkova