Team USA Potential Roster

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Here is the list of invites to Team USA Olympic camp:

Goaltenders: Craig Anderson (Ottawa), Gibson (Anaheim), Jimmy Howard (Detroit), Miller (Buffalo), Jonathan Quick (Los Angeles), Cory Schneider (New Jersey)

Defensemen: Zach Bogosian (Winnipeg), Dustin Byfuglien (Winnipeg), John Carlson (Washington), Dan DeKeyser (Detroit), Justin Faulk (Carolina), Cam Fowler (Anaheim), Jake Gardiner (Toronto), Erik Johnson (Colorado), Jack Johnson (Columbus), Jones (Nashville), Nick Leddy (Chicago), Paul Martin (Pittsburgh), Ryan McDonagh (New York Rangers), Brooks Orpik (Pittsburgh), Kevin Shattenkirk (St. Louis), Suter (Minnesota), Jacob Trouba (Winnipeg), Keith Yandle (Phoenix)

Forwards: Justin Abdelkader (Detroit), David Backes (St. Louis), Beau Bennett (Pittsburgh), Nick Bjugstad (Florida), Brown (Los Angeles), Ryan Callahan (New York Rangers), Alex Galchenyuk (Montreal), Kane (Chicago), Ryan Kesler (Vancouver), Phil Kessel (Toronto), Trevor Lewis (Los Angeles), Kyle Okposo (New York Islanders), T.J. Oshie (St. Louis), Max Pacioretty (Montreal) , Kyle Palmieri (Anaheim), Zach Parise (Minnesota), Joe Pavelski (San Jose), Bobby Ryan (Ottawa), Brandon Saad (Chicago), Craig Smith (Nashville), Paul Stastny (Colorado), Derek Stepan (New York Rangers), James van Riemsdyk (Toronto), Blake Wheeler (Winnipeg)

Now the roster for the 2014 Olympics is allowed to contain 25 names. The USA Today article I read suggested that the coaches were looking for a 13 forward, 9 defenseman, and 3 goalies breakdown so that is I what I am using to come up with my potential roster.

Forwards

  1. Patrick Kane
  2. Phil Kessel
  3. Max Pacioretty
  4. Zach Parise
  5. Derek Stepan
  6. James van Riemsdyk
  7. Ryan Kesler
  8. Dustin Brown
  9.  Ryan Callahan
  10.  TJ Oshie
  11.  Joe Pavelski
  12.  Bobby Ryan
  13. Paul Stasny

Defense

  1. John Carlson
  2. Nick Leddy
  3. Paul Martin
  4. Ryan McDonagh
  5. Brooks Orpik
  6. Keith Yandle
  7. Ryan Suter
  8. Kevin Shattenkirk
  9. Dustin Byfuglien

Goalies

Starter: Anderson

Backups: Schneider, Quick

Notes

  • This is based on points per game played for the forwards, plus/minus for the defensemen, and save percentage for goalies. I’m not the best with stats so order on the list does not indicate what line they will be on
  • The camp roster is full of young talent a few of which have no chance in making the team. Some of the older players I have listed on my roster could be replaced by younger camp attendees.
  • I thought a lot of camp invitees were too young/inexperienced to be invited when I look at the level of talent/experience on other countries’ camp rosters. Let’s hope the GM/coaching staff know what they are doing.
  • I have to wonder how they are going to figure out team chemistry, since they can only do off-ice drills and interviews because the cost of insurance is too high.
  • Of course camp doesn’t really mean anything because anyone could in theory come upon a hot-streak before the roster has to be finalized and make the team.
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