Last week I took a look at a possible Team Canada roster for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Today I’ll take a look at a possible Team U.S.A. roster.

Let me know what you think, perhaps throw your own roster out there if you have the time.

Forwards

Patrick Kane – Ryan Callahan – Zach Parise

Phil Kessel – Ryan Kesler – Bobby Ryan

Dustin Brown – Joe Pavelski – David Backes

Max Pacioretty – Paul Stastny – James Van Riemsdyk

Justin Abdelkader

In the mix: T.J. Oshie, Derek Stepan, Colin Wilson, Craig Smith, R.J. Umberger, Blake Wheeler and Nathan Gerbe

Pretty deep and solid forward lines but after the top 13 guys it drops off a bit.

Defence

Ryan Suter – Kevin Shattenkirk

Keith Yandle – Jack Johnson

Dustin Byfuglien – John Carlson

Ryan Mcdonagh

In the mix: Erik Johnson, Tim Gleason, Ryan Whitney, Nick Leddy, Matt Carle, Alex Gologski, and Keith Ballard

Solid group of D-men here, E. Johnson, Gleason or Keith Ballard could also easily step in.

Goalies

Jonathan Quick

Ryan Miller

Cory Schneider

In the mix: Tim Thomas, Craig Anderson, and Jimmy Howard

If Craig Anderson keeps his stellar play up from this year through next year, you may see him jump right in there, possibly as the #1. Blue Jackets, you mad about the trade? I would be. If Tim Thomas plays next year and has a Vezina type season, he might make a push as well.

All in all, could the States take home the gold medal? Absolutely they could, they have all the tools to win in a short tournament and they’re really not weak anywhere. Are they as deep as Team Canada and as full of big names? No, but they definitely have the talent to win and beat any team out there.

Hat tip to Zimbio.com again for the use of the photos.

Thanks for reading,

TK0N

 

 

I took a little hiatus from Hockey Shots because I was starting to look like an alcoholic. Now I’m back. Why you ask. Every time I posted Hockey Shots during the beginning of the play-offs that team lost. I do not want the Kings to win the Stanley Cup. I don’t have anything against the Kings. I don’t hate them. I just can not bear the thought of another team trading away Jack Johnson and then winning the cup. I’m not saying the Kings don’t deserve a Stanley Cup. I’m saying I like Jack Johnson better. So I bring you La Kings Hockey Shots in hopes that they lose tonight.

 

This first shot is dedicated to Jonathan Quick. When I hear the name Jonathan Quick my mind immediately pictures the Nestle’s Quick rabbit dressed as a ninja wearing a goalie mask. You may think I’m an odd-ball for having such a fantastical imagination but go with me on this. Quick is quick like a bunny and sneaky like a ninja. His skills are out of this world. I normally don’t say that a man makes a team but without Quick in the playoffs I don’t think the Kings would have made it this far. He is fast and agile. Truly one of the best goalies in the league.

 

NINJA QUICK

1 part Nestles Quick
1 part Baileys
1 part Amaretto
a dash of cinnamon

 

 

The second shot is dedicated to the one and only Dustin “Pancake” Penner. Before I get started I would like to stick tap who ever made this lovely photoshop. It is quite beautiful. If you made this let me know. Did you ever know that you’re my hero? Ok back to Penner. He may be the only man I know who sat down to eat a stack of delicious pancakes and then tweaked his back. The real question here is “Can I have the recipe for those delicious pancakes?”

 

Penner Cakes
1 part Butterscotch Schnapps
1 part Pinnacle Cake
1 park Pinnacle Chocolate Whipped

 

 

The final shot goes out to one of my hockey crushes, Jeff Freaking Carter. I know there are a lot of bitter Columbus fans out there but I just can not bring myself to hate this man. Jeff Carter doesn’t always score but when he does it’s a Game Winner or a Hat-trick. Forgive me if I find that quality highly attractive. Plus, he looks like the love child of Zack Morris and Malibu Ken. Carter even has abs like Malibu Ken. You know the kind that look fake but aren’t. Defined just enough to make you say “wow I am shallow”. I’m ok with that because I will never meet Jeff Carter. Believe me that is a good thing for the world. Everyone is allowed their celebrity crush mine just happens to have frosted tips and hat-tricks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Which one is the real Jeff Carter? Bet you can’t figure it out.

 

CARTS FROSTY TIPS

1 part ICE 101
1 part Malibu Coconut Rum
1 part Raspberry Grenadier

 

 

Here’s to the LA Kings losing tonight.

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