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Xokkeu 01-14-2013 03:05 PM

USA roster 2013
 
I realize this is a fools errand this far out to project, but sitting in O'hare for hours will drive you to desperation.

I've projected this team based on younger less experienced players and teams I think won't make the playoffs. Considering the 48 game season it's truly a futile exercise, but my interest in the US a this tournament is nothing if not futile.

Foligno-Dubinsky-Kessel
Wilson-Stastny-Okposo
Van Riemsdyk-Gaustad-Smith
Galchenyuk-Slater-Atkinson


J Johnson-Faulk
Goligoski-E Johnson
Yandle-Petry

Bachman
Montoya

cagney 01-14-2013 05:32 PM

Futile is certainly a good word. The only question to me is if there'll be more fringe NHL'ers or European based players this year. If more than 3 or 4 of the guys you have listed show up I'd be pretty surprised.

Xokkeu 01-14-2013 09:57 PM

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Originally Posted by cagney (Post 57595889)
Futile is certainly a good word. The only question to me is if there'll be more fringe NHL'ers or European based players this year. If more than 3 or 4 of the guys you have listed show up I'd be pretty surprised.

Gotta do something between now and April. :)

William H Bonney 01-15-2013 01:20 AM

The tournament also starts at basically the same time as the first round of the NHL playoffs so the pool of available players will even be smaller than normal. Only hope may the pressure of "auditioning" for the Sochi Olympics. I'm always unjustifiably hopeful about this team, though.

Rutkowski 01-15-2013 02:59 AM

Haha. Not only should the Coyotes reach the playoffs but if they don't Yandle will be in the top pairing, not Johnson. Johnson isn't bad but Yandle is a hell of a lot better.

Xokkeu 01-15-2013 10:00 AM

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Originally Posted by William H Bonney (Post 57615373)
The tournament also starts at basically the same time as the first round of the NHL playoffs so the pool of available players will even be smaller than normal. Only hope may the pressure of "auditioning" for the Sochi Olympics. I'm always unjustifiably hopeful about this team, though.

I share your unjustifiable optimism. Hopefully the Olympics add some pressure to players as you note. Otherwise it might be Ryan Lasch and Yan Stastny's team. :shakehead

New Sabres Captain 01-15-2013 10:15 PM

Assuming the Jackets miss...Umberger better be there. After every time he blew off the team despite his stated goal of being on the Olympic roster...

JJ will answer the call for sure. I expect to see a couple of NCAA guys there. Gaudreau perhaps?

Xokkeu 01-15-2013 11:08 PM

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Originally Posted by GrigsAndGirgs (Post 57658273)
Assuming the Jackets miss...Umberger better be there. After every time he blew off the team despite his stated goal of being on the Olympic roster...

JJ will answer the call for sure. I expect to see a couple of NCAA guys there. Gaudreau perhaps?

Umberger hasn't played since 2006 right? I'd be more surprised if Umberger showed up than if I nailed the roster spot on in my first post.

There could be some very interesting NCAA/AHL players up for consideration.

Saad-Bjugstad-Watson
Miller-Nelson-Coyle
Gaudreau- Schroeder-Zucker

magic school bus 01-16-2013 10:02 PM

One name I would throw out there is Seth Jones. It's so hard to get talented players here and he already has a bit of experience on the big ice. With his size and skating ability, I'd give him a shot.

Xokkeu 01-17-2013 12:11 AM

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Originally Posted by magic school bus (Post 57711861)
One name I would throw out there is Seth Jones. It's so hard to get talented players here and he already has a bit of experience on the big ice. With his size and skating ability, I'd give him a shot.

Certainly possible. This team will be trolling the depths of the USA hockey pool I fear. If Ryan Murray can make the Canadian team I wouldn't bet against Jones.

magic school bus 01-17-2013 12:46 PM

I actually think we could have a much better team than usual this year. A lot of guys barely played hockey this year and I think they'll want to keep playing so they can feel like this season wasn't a complete waste for them.

AmericanDream 02-02-2013 02:52 PM

I think its a pretty safe bet who has the time to pick this team as well as coach it.

Come on down Brian Burke and Ron Wilson!!


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