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07-20-2013, 01:15 PM
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I didn't want to overate Faulk and call him a lock, but Kevin Allen just put out an article on the U.S. team, and here's what he had to say:

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Defensemen: Jack Johnson (Columbus Blue Jackets), Ryan Suter (Minnesota), Ryan McDonagh (New York Rangers), Justin Faulk (Carolina Hurricanes), Paul Martin (Pittsburgh Penguins), Kevin Shattenkirk (St. Louis), Keith Yandle (Phoenix Coyotes), Erik Johnson (Colorado) and Brooks Orpik (Pittsburgh)

Story line: The American defense is far from settled. Jack Johnson, Suter and McDonagh are locks, and Faulk is close to a lock. But the USA's depth on defense is so strong that that the final four or five spots could be considered a wide-open race. It would be easy to see Cam Fowler (Anaheim Ducks) making the defensive group. You also have to keep an eye on John Carlson (Washington Capitals). No decision has been made whether to bring eight or nine defensemen. Others could step into contention, but these are the guys with the best chance.
Link to the full article: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports...tions/2571391/

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