Team USA appreciation thread
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03-04-2010, 10:47 AM
Join Date: Feb 2009
Originally Posted by
Malone (35), Connolly
Oshie, Langenbrunner (38)
Orpik (33), Ballard (31), Rafalski (40)
Everyone who is not mentioned is under 30 and I don't think too many people had Kane penciled into their 2006 post-discussion, who knows who will burst onto the scene. There is a lot to look forward from this USA team including several blue chips (Bogosian, JVR, Okposo) and several guys who are just scratching the surface of their abilities (Ryan, EJ, JJ, not to mention 21 year-old Patrick Kane). There is a lot of first-line talent and #1 d-men in the above line-up.
But for now, lets just enjoy their efforts.
I've corrected the ages fro Connolly, Callahan, Orpik, Ballard & Rafalski
Wasn't real impressed with Stastny, they would have been better with Connolly between Parise and Langenbrunner.
Add Booth, JVR, Kreider, and McColgan for 2014 and drop Langenbrunner, Drury, Malone for age and Kessel for lacking courage anytime when the puck was near the boards. I'm from Boston and while I've supported Kessel in the past, he can't elevate his game when the play gets physical, which it always does when you play Canada.
I'd sub Connolly for Stastny, if Connolly remains healthy.
Drop Rafalski for certain and possibly Gleason (solid though) and add Bogosian and Yandle.
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