Thread: Olympics: 2014 - U.S. Roster Discussion
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12-03-2012, 02:40 PM
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Originally Posted by PaulieVegas View Post
Absent a strong uptick in his play when NHL play resumes---if it ever resumes---I don't think EJ makes the Sochi roster.
Better late than never.

EJ has actually been injured during the offseason for the past two years. So if he turned down playing to rehab I'm sure Burke understands.

Additionally, I can't see how any of Orpik, Goligoski, Martin or Byfuglien push EJ off the roster. EJ has a better defensive game than all sans Orpik, but his skating more than makes up for Orpik's advantage overall.

Looking at the possible defenders, I'd wager that the top 3 American defenders in their own end are Suter, EJ and McDonagh. Followed by Gleason, Carlson, Orpik. By 2014 Orpik projects to be out of the scratch candidates and Gleason will need some luck coming his way. Carlson would be the real wild card for his progress.

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