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My US Olympic Team

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.

Goaltenders:

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.

Defencemen:

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.

Forwards:

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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Paul Stastny Colorado Avalanche

Stastny over Pavel Datsyuk?!

LOL

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 12/27/13 at 10:56 PM ET

shazam88's avatar

  Paul Stastny Colorado Avalanche

Stastny over Pavel Datsyuk?!

LOL

Posted by mrfluffy from Long Beach on 12/27/13 at 10:56 PM ET

Haha, I see what you did there.

US team doesn’t really inspire much controversy. Starting goalie, well, depends on who is healthy at the time, but you listed the 3 that probably get picked. I think Miller clearly deserves to start.  Howard and Thomas could step up if needed. Bishop has had a great year but Oly managers never make the risky pick.

Defense isn’t all that strong, at least on paper, and there could be a change or two, but I really don’t know…Jack Johnson? Cam Fowler? 6 of one, half dozen of another.  Fowler will definitely be there next time around.  Forwards? Pacorietty maybe? Have only seen him play twice this year, so can’t really go beyond his stat line.

 

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 12/28/13 at 11:12 AM ET

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