by PuckStopsHere on 07/29/12 at 03:12 PM ET
With the Summer Olympics underway I am posting mid-term hockey Olympic teams. Yesterday I posted team Canada and today I will move onto USA.
This is not a projection of who I think will play in 2014 because projections are not so meaningful. I would rather pick a team based upon what has actually happened than pick a team where I try to project where players will be in two years. Inevitably if you try to project where players will be, you get things wrong on some players. Older players may not fall off a cliff and younger players may not develop. Instead of posting a future team based on fantasy projections this is a team for today.
Here is a US Olympic hockey team for 2012:
David Backes St Louis Blues
Dustin Brown Los Angeles Kings
Ryan Callahan New York Rangers
Erik Cole Montreal Canadiens
Patrick Kane Chicago Blackhawks
Ryan Kesler Vancouver Canucks
Phil Kessel Toronto Maple Leafs
Max Pacioretty Montreal Canadiens
Zach Parise Minnesota Wild
Joe Pavelski San Jose Sharks
Jason Pominville Buffalo Sabres
Bobby Ryan Anaheim Ducks
Paul Stastny Colorado Avalanche
Dustin Byfuglien Winnipeg Jets
Matt Carle Tampa Bay Lightning
John Carlson Washington Capitals
Erik Johnson Colorado Avalanche
Ryan McDonagh New York Rangers
Ryan Suter Minnesota Wild
Keith Yandle Phoenix Coyotes
Ryan Miller Buffalo Sabres
Jonathan Quick Los Angeles Kings
Tim Thomas Boston Bruins
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