Thread: Olympics: 2014 - U.S. Roster Discussion
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01-15-2013, 10:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Rabid Ranger View Post
IMO, the U.S. brass will probably use the model that made this year's WJC team successful:

* Strong goaltending, which allows:
* A mobile, offensively gifted defense to take risks
* A strong-skating, but relatively blue collar forward group that as a group is stonger than it's individual parts
* Strong leadership

Here's who I envision:

Goaltenders (x3):

Jonathan Quick
Ryan Miller
Cory Schneider

Defense (x7):

Ryan Suter, Keith Yandle, Erik Johnson, Jack Johnson, Ryan McDonagh, Justin Faulk, Cam Fowler

Forwards (x13):

Patrick Kane, Bobby Ryan, Zach Parise, Phil Kessel, Ryan Callahan, David Backes, Dustin Brown, JVR, Ryan Kesler, Max Pacioretty, Blake Wheeler, Derek Stepan, Joe Pavelski
Faulk is an intriguing pick. I'm not sure I'd take him ahead of Shattenkirk, but I have a Terrier bias for Shatty. I think the bubble though is pretty strong.

The forwards...I really wish we had another good center. As it stands, one of Backes/Kesler would have to be a scoring line center, which while they are capable of doing it, you could make some really good checking lines with those guys. I'm not sold on Wheeler, Stepan, or JVR yet though.

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