Roster Talk '13 — U.S.A.
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12-04-2012, 12:37 PM
Join Date: Jun 2002
Since I already posted a roster I'll give some more thoughts on all the players in contention. Obviously I've seen a lot more of some than others but I've seen them all at some point.
John Gibson - No question he's the starter if injury doesn't bother him. I have more confidence in him this year than I've had in any goalie for a US U20 team in years.
Jon Gillies - Has always been great in league play but always seems to struggle in a US uniform. I view him as the third goalie and I'm not sure he'll see any time.
Garret Sparks - The back up in my mind. If all is well with Gibson he may not play more than half a game.
Shayne Gostisbehere - Strong offensive player with very limited international experience. He was the big surprise at the summer evaluation and has been quite solid from all accounts with Union so I like him for a top four spot.
Matt Grzelcyk - I personally like him a lot as I feel he's extremely smart in his own zone and in transition which is a spot some others who are similar in offensive ability to him have struggled. He might only end up in a depth role but I don't view him as purely an offensive specialist and I'd trust him in an expanded role.
Seth Jones - Top defender on the team. Greatest strength in my mind is his ability to deal with a heavy forecheck and initiate a successful break out. That will be huge against a team like Canada who tend to be all over opposing defenders.
Jake McCabe - A lot of people like him but I'm just not a huge fan. He's seemed tentative when I've watched him and has been a bit mistake prone in a way that I could see teams taking advantage of. The same could be said of some others though so he certainly has a chance to make the team, though I hope it's only in a depth role.
Connor Murphy - Has been a defensive rock for US teams in the past and I hope he can return to that form. Has not had the kind of season thus far that I'd hope for.
Mike Reilly - May be the most talented d-man on this list inside the offensive zone but he's been a real defensive liability this season. I expect him to make it but he may have to be sheltered a bit if he does.
Patrick Sieloff - Unique type for this group so that gives him a better chance of making it. If he plays within himself I'd be fine with it but he's gotten into trouble trying to do too much in the past when I've seen him.
Brady Skjei - Not a great start to the year for him but he has some positive attributes that the coaching staff probably like which could help him make the team. Another guy I wouldn't want to see with too large a role.
Jacob Trouba - He'll have to anchor the second pair regardless of who he ends up with. I just want him to play a hard nosed, defense first kind of game.
Cole Bardreau - Solid option for the fourth line center role but I just don't see him making it.
Riley Barber - Surprised by the quality of his start and could chip in as offensive depth though I don't see him as a top 6 guy.
Tyler Biggs - Just needs to play a tough, grinding game and try to create some offense by going to the net. Had a good summer camp and I think USA Hockey likes him enough to overlook the skating deficiency.
Alex Galchenyuk - The offense needs to flow through him. Hasn't produced much in a US uniform previously but I hope his recent hot play carries over.
John Gaudreau - Great skills but is another who hasn't done much in a US uniform. I'm sure he'll be a featured offensive player for the team so I hope he gets things going with somebody as far as chemistry goes.
Rocco Grimaldi - One of my favorites. Hasn't dominated in college as much as I thought he would but he's been a warrior for US teams over the years. I hope he lives up to my high expectations for him.
Ryan Hartman - Solid skills and gritty. Good enough for a depth role this year as long as he doesn't take foolish penalties like he's done many times in the past.
Sean Kuraly - Awesome at the summer camp. Has had a terrible start offensively this year but I still feel his size and speed can be an asset for the US team even if he can't generate offense the way he did this summer.
Mario Lucia - Really like his skill set and provided the injury doesn't hinder him (doesn't seem to be) I like his chances at a top 6 role.
Stefan Matteau - Same story as Hartman.
J.T. Miller - Showed some nice chemistry with Galchenyuk in limited time together at the summer camp and should be an offensive leader for the team.
Stefan Noesen - Haven't always felt he's as good as some hype him to be but should be set for a top 6 role.
Blake Pietila - Great role player. I think any team could use a guy like him.
Vince Trocheck - I've always liked his game and I think he's a sure bet for the team.
Jim Vesey - Good player and I could certainly see him making it as he brings a good bit of versatility.
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