by Patrick Hoffman on 02/24/10 at 02:32 PM ET
From Nicholas Montemagno at Rangers Tribune:
A big part of Switzerland’s success has been because of the play of goaltender Jonas Hiller. Hiller has been unbelievable so far in the Olympic Games, keeping his team in every game and providing them with a chance to win. Hiller came into the National Hockey League last season with the Anaheim Ducks, where he took over the starting job from veteran netminder J.S. Giguere, who recently has was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Without him, the Swiss would probably have been defeated yesterday by Belarus in the qualifier.
With that being said, the United States offense has a lot of fire power up front, and I think they have not really used it just yet. Patrick Kane, Zach Parise, Paul Stastny, Phil Kessel are among the forwards who need to step it up on offense for Team USA. The Americans have been getting scoring from all angles, which is a good thing, but a lot of it has been secondary. The team’s primary scorers have not been all that effective just yet and need to bring their game to the next level in the playoff rounds.
Rangers forward Chris Drury has been one of the better players for Team USA and is opening the eyes of many with his recent play. Chris was one of the more frequently questioned picks by Brian Burke for Team USA, but with the way he has contributed in each win, how could they still be questioning the decision? The guy is a clutch player, not worth $7.5 million dollars, but he is valuable to this team and that has been made obvious.
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