Rangers Who Will Make Team USA in 2014
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06-29-2012, 02:32 PM
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2014? A lot can happen between now and then.
Callahan and McDonagh are, as previously said, very likely. But the best way to tell is to look at the competition.
Lets look at the 2012 squad and who might compete at each position...
Center: Stastny, Kane, Pavelski, Kelser will all be in their prime. Stepan would have to beat one of them, unless Pat Kane was deployed on the wing.
Wings: USA strength. Ryan, Brown, Kessel, Parise, Backes are the locks. 5 guys. Cally makes 6. Malone, Langenbrunner can be upgraded on. If Jaime is even playing then. Drury is obviously retired. There is a spot for Kreider here if he becomes a 30 goal guy. Maybe. The U.S. has a lot of good young wingers.
Defense: Suter, EJ, JJ are locks. Rafalski is retired, Gleason and Orpik might fight for a 7th spot, but I think that McD will, barring taking several steps back will absolutely be on the roster. Probably top 4.
And this isn't even including new guys that have broken the scene more recently like Cam Fowler.
Unless someone absolutely explodes into a premiere defenseman in the near future, McDonagh is team USA's #2 defenseman. He's better then EJ, and about twice as good as JJ.
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