2010 US Olympic team predictions

May 7th, 2009 by Fantana Leave a reply »

Update: Here’s the 34 man American Olympic Camp Roster:

Goaltenders: Ryan Miller, Jonathan Quick, Tim Thomas

Defensemen: Tom Gilbert, Tim Gleason, Ron Hainsey, Erik Johnson, Jack Johnson, Mike Komisarek, Paul Martin, Brooks Orpik, Brian Rafalski, Rob Scuderi, Ryan Suter, Ryan Whitney

Forwards: David Backes, David Booth, Dustin Brown, Dustin Byfuglien, Ryan Callahan, Chris Drury, Scott Gomez, Patrick Kane, Ryan Kesler, Phil Kessel, Jamie Langenbrunner, Ryan Malone, Mike Modano, Kyle Okposo, T.J. Oshie, Zach Parise, Joe Pavelski, Bobby Ryan, Paul Stastny

Hello classy internet,

Over the past few weeks, several Canadian hockey players have drawn attention for their strong play and have garnered Steve Yzerman’s attention for this next year’s Olympic team.
But the real story here is the 2010 American Olympic squad.  They finished 8th in Turino with a team that was in full re-build mode.  They will be ready next year and are stock-piled with young and talented players.  This team will be fast and while they may take some by surprise, I believe they will challenge for a medal.
Here are my picks for the 2010 American Olympic team (as of today):
Forwards (13):
Patrick Kane (CHI)  Zac Parise (NJ)  Peter Mueller (PHO)
Brian Gionta (NJ)  Chris Drury (NYR)  Keith Tkachuk (STL)
Brian Rolston (NJ)  Scott Gomez (NYR)  Phil Kessel (BOS)
Dustin Brown (LAK)  Jamie Langenbrunner (NJ) T.J Oshie (STL)
Ryan Kesler (VAN)
Defense (8):
Ron Hainsey (ATL)  Ryan Whitney (ANA)
Ryan Suter (NSH)  John-Michael Liles (COL)
Brian Rafalski (DET)  Keith Ballard (FLA)
Paul Martin (NJ)  Jack Johnson (LAK)
Goaltending (3):
Tim Thomas (BOS)
Ryan Miller (BUF)
Rick DiPietro (NYI)
Reserves (3):
Scott Clemmensen (NJ)
Joe Corvo (CAR)
David Backes (STL)
Players on the Bubble: Jason Blake, Mike Modano, Bill Guerin, Brandon Dubinsky, Jason Pominville, Jordan Leopold and Tim Gleason
As you can see, I think the Americans are going to go with their youth for this tournament.  That’s why guys like Bill Guerin, Mike Modano, Doug Weight and Mathieu Schneider have been left off this team.
In my next blog, I’ll discuss my picks for the Canadian Olympic Squad.
Your Reporter in the Field,
Fantana

Hello classy internet,

Over the past few weeks, several Canadian hockey players have drawn attention for their strong play and have garnered Steve Yzerman’s attention for this next year’s Olympic team.

But the real story here is the 2010 American Olympic squad.  They finished 8th in the Turino Olympics with a team that was in full re-build mode.  They will be ready next year and are stock-piled with young and talented players.  This team will be fast and while they may take some by surprise, I believe they will challenge for a medal.

Here are my picks for the 2010 American Olympic team (as of today):
Forwards (13)

Patrick Kane (CHI)  Zac Parise (NJ)  Peter Mueller (PHO)

Brian Gionta (NJ)  Chris Drury (NYR)  Keith Tkachuk (STL)

Brian Rolston (NJ)  Scott Gomez (NYR)  Phil Kessel (BOS)

Dustin Brown (LAK)  Jamie Langenbrunner (NJ) T.J Oshie (STL)

Ryan Kesler (VAN)

Defense (8)

Ron Hainsey (ATL)  Ryan Whitney (ANA)

Ryan Suter (NSH)  John-Michael Liles (COL)

Brian Rafalski (DET)  Keith Ballard (FLA)

Paul Martin (NJ)  Jack Johnson (LAK)

Goaltending (3)

Tim Thomas (BOS)

Ryan Miller (BUF)

Rick DiPietro (NYI)

Reserves (3)

Scott Clemmensen (NJ)

Joe Corvo (CAR)

David Backes (STL)

Players on the Bubble: Jason Blake, Mike Modano, Bill Guerin, Brandon Dubinsky, Jason Pominville, Jordan Leopold and Tim Gleason.

As you can see, I think the Americans are going to go with their youth for this tournament.  That’s why guys like Bill Guerin, Mike Modano, Doug Weight and Mathieu Schneider have been left off this team.

In my next blog, I’ll discuss my picks for the Canadian Olympic Squad.

Your Reporter in the Field,

Fantana

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** Update: June 30th **

Here’s the 34 man American Olympic Camp Roster:

Goaltenders: Ryan Miller, Jonathan Quick, Tim Thomas

Defensemen: Tom Gilbert, Tim Gleason, Ron Hainsey, Erik Johnson, Jack Johnson, Mike Komisarek, Paul Martin, Brooks Orpik, Brian Rafalski, Rob Scuderi, Ryan Suter, Ryan Whitney

Forwards: David Backes, David Booth, Dustin Brown, Dustin Byfuglien, Ryan Callahan, Chris Drury, Scott Gomez, Patrick Kane, Ryan Kesler, Phil Kessel, Jamie Langenbrunner, Ryan Malone, Mike Modano, Kyle Okposo, T.J. Oshie, Zach Parise, Joe Pavelski, Bobby Ryan, Paul Stastny

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7 comments

  1. Burgundy says:

    The true log jam is going to be in goal for the US team. You have three very strong starting goalies – who do you pick?

    Even if we assume DiPietro is hurt, picking between Thomas and Miller isn’t much easier. I give edge to Miller, but by a hair. The play of both of them next season should help determine the number one starter.

  2. Matt Taylor says:

    You went with youth, so you added Tkachuk over Modano? Modano is 1 1/2 year older, and Americas greatest scorer? Modano may not have the agility he had 10 years ago but he will win 60% of the faceoffs, and he is an assist machine. Besides look what happens when you put young skaters on Modano’s line, (james neal) the kid expolded with many of his goals coming from Mo? Am I wrong?

  3. Fantana says:

    Matt,

    You make agood point about Modano. I included Tkachuk over Modano because I thought he played better in the second half of the year this season. I thought Tkachuk elevated his play for St. Louis and was a big part of how a young team like St. Louis was able to go from 15th to 6th in the Western Conference.

    Ultimately, I think only one of Modano or Tkachuk will make the team and it will primarily be a leadership position. It will likely come down to who’s having a stronger season next year.

  4. queer says:

    They can win if they pick it right… go with the ultimate checking line (Kesler line), and the other three lines simply fall into place… the only person not playing their natural position is brown who switches to the left side.

    Parise Stastny Kane
    Ryan Pavelski Kessel
    JVR Backes Okposo
    Brown Kesler Callahan

    Rafalski Goligoski
    Suter E. Johnson
    Myers J. Johnson

    Anderson
    Miller
    Thomas

  5. Burgundy says:

    Not bad picks, considering they were 7 months ago, Fantana.

    I’m surprised Burke’s team didn’t include Tkachuk or Modano – I got the impression one of these veterans would be on the squad.

    This team looks more like a reaction to Canada’s team than anything else.

    Classic Burke moment when he said there’s no pressure on Team USA – its all on Canada and Russia. Hahaha, classic Burke.

  6. Fantana says:

    I didn’t know Malone was playing for the Americans… and I can’t believe I forgot about Statsny and Ryan

  7. Burgundy says:

    Yes… Bobby Ryan was an oversight. But who could have predicted Statsny/Colorado to rip it up? And to a lesser extent, Ryan Malone.

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