I like US team. It has depth, talent, grit, lots of good skaters.
Don't see last year happening again, this team is in the mix imo.
On paper, the U.S. is the 3rd best team going into the tournament - altho Finland may beg to differ.
Unfortunately, they are in a division with the 2 teams who have more talent.
The U.S. teams tend to start off slowly. Fortunately, they have Germany on December 27th - a guaranteed win.
The New Year's Eve game against Slovakia will be the key. They will have played 2 tough(!) games against Russia and Canada and, if they falter on Jan 31st (either because they overlook Slovakia, run into a hot goalie or because they are exhausted), they could easily find themselves in the bottom half.
Having said all that, I don't think Slovakia will be an issue and I think the U.S. will overachieve in the round robin - finishing 2nd (or higher) in their pool.
This tournament will be a pleasure to watch and exciting from start to finish.
Good luck to Team USA (being sincere not sarcastic) and Gold to Team Canada.
do you think that there is any chance of galchenyuk getting an A? i would have to think that a guy like miller would get the C
Depends on if coaches choose or let players vote. I doubt it though, especially since Gally will be a focal point and have media requests galore directed at him. He'll certainly be a leader in that regard. I hope USAH shields him.
__________________ "I have been complimented many times and they always embarrass me; I always feel that they have not said enough." - Mark Twain.
All players from the current roster will travel to Europe for the exhibition games. Not surprising, especially since there's 4 players at most (3 if IIHF keeps Noesen ineligible) to go home. Final team announced December 22nd.
Originally Posted by flyers28giroux
What time does camp start and is FastHockey streaming these practices?
First practice is just now starting.
Originally Posted by bigbadbruins7
anyone know if kerdiles is definately at camp?
He's not there. Going with the roster they have. Not a fan of that decision. There's basically no competition up front.
Originally Posted by General Granny
So have they decided if Noesen is playing in the tourney or what?
No, IIHF hasn't ruled on USAH's appeal yet.
Originally Posted by PATCHESx67
any idea when the camp starts ? i thought it was today
Last edited by William H Bonney: 12-16-2012 at 05:05 PM.
The U.S. National Junior Team pre-tournament camp begins Sunday at the MSG Training Center in Tarrytown, N.Y., with a 5:30 p.m. practice. Twenty-seven players selected by USA Hockey will compete for 23 spots during the camp which will remain in New York until Dec. 18, before moving to Helsinki, Finland.