Thread: Olympics: 2014 - U.S. Roster Discussion
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02-08-2013, 11:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Lonewolfe2015 View Post
Both of them fall into the same problem, neither are clearly better than their competition nor do they provide a skill which is unique to them only. It makes Pominville's chances slimer than they should be (given his talent) because he's not easily top 6 on this team (Kane, Kessel) nor is he easily bottom 6 because he's not as much of a grinder (Callahan, Oshie).

I think they will take him as the 13th forward or he might make it over Oshie if the GM/Coach feel we don't need an energy/grinding line, but he's not a lock by any means.

Similarly for Wilson, he's got Kesler, Stastny, Pavelski and Backes ahead of him on the center chart and all of them are excellent 2-way centers. At wing he's outmatched as well. Just no room for him.
Pominville does provide something very unique to USA's offense: a playmaking winger. The only other good playmakers we have are Stastny and Kane. And pretty much all of our centers outside of Stastny are shoot-first guys. Pominville's ability in that regard could and should be a big part of USA actually getting lines that click/have some chemistry. Not to mention he's a very good two-way player; he's not a "checking" player, but he's good at stripping opponents of the puck, particularly in the neutral zone, and churning the play the other direction. Callahan is obviously a better physical player and better along the boards, but I his skill set is replicated by a ton of USA's other forwards and could easily be less valuable to USA than Pominville's on big ice/given the rest of the make-up of the team.

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