I'd have to agree. He's an ok player, nothing more. Have you seen some of the other names on the roster? It's not exactly a stellar lineup of the who's-who in US hockey. Thank goodness this was a preliminary roster and not the final one. Of course, you need to have a few top teams get knocked out of the playoffs to get to the real players.
Come on, give the little guy a break! He may not be your first choice, even off of the Wild , but in 1979 Herb Brooks picked a bunch of rag tag players to represent USA, that even his assistants disagreed with, and well we all know what happened there. Richard Park is a worker. He has no real offensive ability, besides using his speed and shiftyness to maneuver in the attack zone. Richard is more than responsible defensively and can really fill many roles or needs, if need be. This pick baffles me as well, but could be the type of player that will be needed.
Richard Park = Heart and soul
Bates Battaglia? Mike "Freakin" Dunham? ...At this rate he will be captain...