Thread: Olympics: 2014 - U.S. Roster Discussion
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02-22-2013, 06:10 PM
Cory Trevor
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Originally Posted by PaulieVegas View Post
You must be an Avs fan if you believe the first pick stuff is "nonsense." Are you wearing a Joe Sakic jersey now? It is "casual Friday" after all.

I am not saying EJ isn't a good player. He is a very good player. But honestly, is he one of our best 7? I don't think so, and I'm not full of "nonsense" for thinking that. He is a former #1 overall pick that finished 16th (that's right...SIXTEENTH) in scoring among American defensemen last season and who has only represented his country once in the World Championships (2007) despite having multiple opportunities to do so. With that resume, if he wasn't a former #1 overall pick his name wouldn't be on anyone's lips right now when discussing this roster.

I hope EJ eventually becomes the elite defenseman we all thought he would be. I really do, it would be great for USA Hockey to see that. But right now he's a good but not great player at a position where we have had so many players develop since Vancouver 2010. "Severely underrated" are not the words I would use to describe him. More like "hasn't lived up to his potential and is not one of our top-7, although we still all hold out hope he will be considered alongside Leetch and Chelios when he retires."

I wasn't insinuating that you were full of nonsense. I was saying that the whole first overall pick makes people think that if he's something short of paul coffey he's a complete bust which is unfortunate. I don't think you think that.

Also I am not an Avs fan. I think he was playing well and developing quite nicely prior to injury. It really comes down to the camp and whether or not USA hockey will think he's a suitable fit. Even if he's out of the top six, if rosters jump to 25 i think there's a good chance he can be in the press box.

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