Thread: Olympics: 2014 - U.S. Roster Discussion
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11-02-2012, 11:34 AM
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Here is my vision for the team

Parise-Kesler-Ryan (2nd scariest line in Sochi)

Kessel-Statsny-Kane(Statsny would have to prove he's back to his 07-10 form) OR Pominville-Kane-Kessel OR Kessel-Stepan-Kane(this would only happen if Stepan takes a big step forward but he has the potential)

Brown-Backes-Callahan (#1 scariest line in Sochi)

Pacioretty-Oshie-Pominville (a more offensive 4th line, assuming Pominville isn't on the 2nd line) OR Kreider-Stepan-Oshie (a more defensive 4th line assuming Pominville is on the 2nd line)

Byfugien(PP specialist) OR Stepan OR Kreider OR Pacioretty

McDonagh-Yandle
Suter-Shattenkirk
Scuderi-Fowler OR Scuderi-J.Johnson
Byfuglien
(PP specialist) OR Carlson

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Originally Posted by Lonewolfe2015 View Post
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.
Here is the way I see it Backes would center an ultra physical and defensive line with Brown and Callahan. Kesler would center a line with Ryan and Parise. Kane and Kessel are your two best If Statsny continues to regress then you move Kane to center. So that leaves the 4th line I just think Oshie brings all the same versatility and is an absolute stud on the penalty kill, not to mention is younger and should be smack in the middle of his prime 2 years from now. Stepan is the wild card, who knows he might be the best US center in 2 years or he might not be ready to be on the team at all its all about how rapidly he progresses.

I supposed maybe you could play him on the 4th line wing if for whatever reason Pacioretty or Kreider haven't progressed.

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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.
You have 3 balanced lines and the 3 defensive orientated defensmen Suter, McDonagh and Scuderi are all better defensively, so is Carlson

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If EJ and Pavelski are not on the team, then we've had some serious growth within 2 years of US players
I think the young guys: Pacioretty, Fowler, Oshie, Shattenkirk and Carlson already bring more to the table than EJ and Pavelski. And the gap will only grow 2 years from now as they progress.


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