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07-22-2013, 08:37 PM
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Originally Posted by hototogisu View Post
Despite the fact that he was the highest scoring U.S. LWer last year and was 2nd to Parise by only 4 points the year before?

Who's ahead of him? van Reimsdyk? Saad? Ryan Malone?

Your obsession with Pacioretty playing physical is bordering on lunacy.
Obsession? It's maybe the 2nd or 3rd time I bring that up in my whole posting history. Keep calling a poster a lunatic when you're a moderator though. Nice job.

You've got Ryan and Parise who, from the very beginning, are better players than Pacioretty on LW. They're locked to be the two first left wingers. On the right win, you have Kessel and Kane.

Now, what happens from there? History says the US squad likes to count on a physical crop of players on the bottom-6. You have Van Riemsdyk, who while not the biggest physical beast of the bunch, is still more of a crease player than Pacioretty. You have Callahan and Brown on the bottom-2 lines as well.

You'd think the final spot would be Max's, but then again... You might argue Pacioretty will battle with JVR, but bottom line is; Pacioretty is a top-6 player. In a roster that is going to be built partially by Brian Burke, who's got a classic "top-6 / bottom-6" mentality, it would not surprise me if Pacioretty was left out for a less skilled, but more physical bottom-6 player.

As for Galchenyuk, shootouts specialist in those kinds of tournaments are always helpful. Plus, in the last WC, the US managing team proved they want to give the next generation some chances. I would not be surprised, especially if he has a good start (something like 20-25 points in 35 games), if he made it before Pacioretty, who while skilled, does not play a bottom-6 game at all.

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