by Patrick Hoffman on 11/16/09 at 10:06 PM ET
As we all know, the NHL will be participating in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver in February. I for one am very excited as I have always enjoyed international competition though part of me wishes that it was every country’s top amateur players. I guess they do that in the World Junior Championships, right?
Anyways, I wanted to point you readers out there to Reid, who took an in-depth look at what Team USA should look like in a few months on Pete Prose. Here is a brief sample of what he wrote:
Team USA doesn’t have the depth up front that Canada or Sweden will possess in droves, and they don’t have the All-World game-breakers that Russia will present, but nonetheless, this is a formidable, and perhaps underrated, group of skaters.
Leading the charge will be New Jersey Devils star Zach Parise, who broke out in a big way in 2008-09, leading the Devils with 45 goals and 94 points. He is unequivocally the top American skater on the planet, and is the closest thing Team USA has to a world class superstar.
Look for Colorado Avalanche forward Paul Stastny to center Parise on the first line, as the cerebral pivot is off to a good start this year for the upstart Avs, with 4 goals and 14 helpers in 20 games. Defensively responsible, much like Parise, these two could shine together.
Click here for more on the potential look of the red, white and blue.
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