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.
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
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.
Ryan Suter – Kevin Shattenkirk
Keith Yandle – Jack Johnson
Dustin Byfuglien – John Carlson
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.
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,