by Patrick Hoffman on 02/15/10 at 02:08 PM ET
Friend of the Blog Nicholas Montemagno of The Rangers Tribune wrote up a terrific Olympic Preview blog. Here is a small sample of what he wrote:
I will start by taking a look at Team USA. General Manager Brian Burke went about creating his team with a bit of a different mindset than the rest of the Countries participating in the games. He went young and talented instead of old and experienced, but the question is if that young talent will be enough to be superior to clubs such as Canada and Russia, who are simply loaded with skill.
The United States will rely heavily on forwards Zach Parise and Patrick Kane to provide a majority of their offense. And in goal, you have Buffalo Sabre Ryan Miller, who knows he will have to be superb in net for the U.S. if they want to go anywhere in this tournament. On defense, you have the Johnson combination (not related) in Jack (Kings) and Eric (Blues).
You also have the grinding fourth line containing the Rangers own Ryan Callahan and Chris Drury, who you can also look to play on the penalty-kill and in situations where the coaching staff in Ron Wilson, John Tortorella, and Scott Gordon will need a 110 percent effort.
The United States will have no choice but to overachieve in this tournament. They will be the underdogs, the rivals, the enemies. Sometimes that can work in your favor, and other times it does not.
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