The only two questionable calls were leaving Ryan off and including Orpik over about half a dozen other, superior defensemen. Had so suspect Orpik cuz Bylsma gonna Bylsma, but Ryan is just outright inexplicable.
Apparently the reason Ryan was left off is because he was pushed out of the top 6, and the USA Brass felt other players were better equipped to play a bottom 6 role.
Like others have said, don't like Orpik over JJ, EJ, and Yandle, and I also would have gone with the hot goalie in Bishop over Howard.
I don't see the purpose in taking both Martin and Orpik. They're not really the same player, but they're both solid, unspectacular. I can see taking one since the blue line is so young otherwise, but both?
Holmgren suggests the coaches have to decide if Ryan is going to be an integral part of the power-play groups, and if so, he needs to be pushed ahead. But if not, maybe they should be looking at two more well-rounded players.
"I agree," Poile says.
Burke points out that Poile has included the coaches more than he did when he occupied the GM position in Vancouver four years before. It's good, but, he adds, "I think coaches see snapshots, and I think GMs watch the whole movie."
"I think we have to know what we're taking with Bobby," says Burke, who had him in Anaheim when the Ducks won the Stanley Cup in 2007.
"He's a passive guy," Burke says. And over 82 games, yes, Saad and or Pacioretty might be more attractive than Ryan. But Ryan's a game-breaker.
"He is not intense. That word is not in his vocabulary," Burke says. "It's never going to be in his vocabulary. He can't spell intense."
If he's not going to be put in a role in which he can score an important goal, use his skills as a sniper, he shouldn't go, Burke says.
My thoughts were that three of Shattenkirk, Faulk, Fowler, and Carlson would make it, and that EJ and Yandle were basically locks. But then Orpik...uh....played his way onto the team?!?, and they took all four of the aforementioned defensemen.
I'm feeling better about the Ryan decision. Kane, Kessel and Parise are all MUCH better than him.
Since you would truly have to be braindead to include Ryan in a bottom-6 role, he's basically competing with JVR, Wheeler and others for that final top 6 winger spot.
Even then, the prime opportunities are still going to go to the aforementioned three.
Not a big deal. USA has insane winger depth anyway.
Are you ****ing serious.
Ryan SHOULD have had that last top six wing spot. He's MILES and MILES better than JVR, MaxPac, Wheeler, or even Dustin Brown who's having a ****tastic season. The fact that Ryan was in a "competition" with those names is ********.
There are four top six wing spots. Kessel, Kane, and Parise were locks. Bobby should have been one too. Ryan can play LW. He did so in Anaheim on the RPG line.
I had never really seen Ryan play much before this year. Obviously I've seen a lot of him this year for Ottawa. There's not a lot of guys in the league that can do the things with the puck that he can. Burke made some strong comments about his intensity; I've yet to see the passivity of which Burke speaks. Of course, he only saw Ryan when he was in Anaheim. How long has he been gone from there? Four years?
The fact Poile had Seth Jones as a lock is embarrassing and speaks to an arrogance that I can't even comprehend. It's all well and good to root for "your guy" - but for **** sakes, man, take off the rose colored glasses.
Conversely, as someone who's cheering for Team Canada, I look at the US roster and am kind of unimpressed. Lots of grinding, but again not a lot of pure skill outside of Kane and Kessel. I'd be more uncomfortable playing against Ryan than pretty much the rest of the forward roster.