Thread: Olympics: 2014 - U.S. Roster Discussion
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11-02-2012, 08:45 AM
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Pavelski(and E.Johnson) represent a losing mentality of "oh we got so close so all we need to do is get a little better". Rather than putting our best foot forward.
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Pavelski(and Erik Johnson) are not the best we have to offer.
Respectfully, I believe you're wrong about both players.

Pavelski looks to be no worse than 13th forward because of his resourcefulness in being able to play all aspects of the team be it Wing, Center, PK, PP, shutdown, energy or scoring. I personally also like his clutch-factor.

Erik Johnson is just the partner Jack needs in order to make his offensive game explode on the international level. With his skating ability and strong defensive game he can easily lead the breakout with a rush up the ice or a solid first pass while handling the defensive load as JJ pinches up to be a 4th forward occasionally.

If EJ and Pavelski are not on the team, then we've had some serious growth within 2 years of US players and/or they've suffered some bad injuries. Both are also young enough to play in the next two Olympics, something every GM will take into consideration when building the roster in the attempt to put together a team that can develop chemistry together for now and the future.

If we can do better than them, name the players that are clearly ahead of both.

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