by PuckStopsHere on 12/27/13 at 09:57 PM ET
A few days ago, I posted my Canadian Olympic Team. Today I post my American team. This is not my picks for who will be selected to the actual Olympic team. It's my picks for who I think should be on the team.
Ryan Miller Buffalo Sabres
Jonathan Quick Los Angeles Kings
Cory Schneider New Jersey Devils
Quick is the starting goalie here. Miller is having a solid year on a bad team and was dominant in the 2010 Olympics. Schneider has put up numbers in the last few years to show that he could be solid in this role as well.
Dustin Byfuglien Winnipeg Jets
John Carlson Washington Capitals
Erik Johnson Colorado Avalanche
Paul Martin Pittsburgh Penguins
Ryan McDonagh New York Rangers
Kevin Shattenkirk St Louis Blues
Ryan Suter Minnesota Wild
Keith Yandle Phoenix Coyotes
Ryan Suter is the star here. Carlson, McDonagh and Shattenkirk will provide solid depth. Yandle and Byfuglien will provide some offence from this group. Johnson and Martin are experienced internationally and should fill out this group.
David Backes St Louis Blues
Dustin Brown Los Angeles Kings
Ryan Callahan New York Rangers
Patrick Kane Chicago Blackhawks
Ryan Kesler Vancouver Canucks
Phil Kessel Toronto Maple Leafs
TJ Oshie St Louis Blues
Zach Parise Minnesota Wild
Joe Pavelski San Jose Sharks
Jason Pominville Minnesota Wild
Bobby Ryan Ottawa Senators
Paul Stastny Colorado Avalanche
Derek Stepan New York Rangers
James Van Riemsdyk Toronto Maple Leafs
Patrick Kane, Zach Parise, Ryan Kesler and Phil Kessel are the stars here. Pominville, Ryan, Stastny, Brown, Stepan and Pavelski are some solid depth. Backes, Oshie and Callahan will provide some solid defence. James Van Riemsdyk is the final choice here. He is a big player who could create some opportunities in front of the opponent's net.
How would your American team be different?
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