So How Do I Get to Sochi?

Anybody else notice how every NBC-owned network wouldn’t shut up about the Olympics last night? Well, apparently the 2014 Winter Olympics are going to start exactly one year from today.

Maybe I’m just getting old, but didn’t Canada just recover from getting Ryan Miller’d?

While we usually focus on the great city of Philadelphia here, we also like America. Combine that with my obsession with international hockey and I’m already thinking about what the U.S. could be sending to Sochi, Russia.

Since the 2010 Olympics, U.S. hockey has two Junior Hockey Golds and the last two Conn Smythe winners. This team could be even better than the 2010 squad.

Gary Bettman better not take this away from me.

Please keep in mind I probably missed a name or two.

Forwards (13):


Dustin Brown

Ryan Callahan

Patrick Kane

Ryan Kesler

Phil Kessel

Max Paccioretti

Zach Parise

Joe Pavelski

Bobby Ryan

Brandon Sutter

On the bubble-

David Backes

Brandon Dubinski

Alex Galchenyuk

Kyle Okposo

T.J. Oshie

Drew Stafford

Paul Stastny

Derek Steppan

R.J. Umberger

James van Riemsdyk


Defense (7):


Ryan McDonaugh

Ryan Suter

Keith Yandle

On the bubble-

Zach Bogosion

Dustin Byfuglien

Matt Carle

John Carlson

Cam Fowler

Alex Goligoski

Erik Johnson

Jack Johnson

Seth Jones

Nick Leddy

Jamie McBane

Brooks Orpik

Rob Scuderi

James Wisniewski

Goaltenders (3):


Ryan Miller

Jonathan Quick

On the bubble-

Craig Anderson

Jimmy Howard

Cory Schneider

Tim Thomas

The beautiful thing about the Olympics is how quickly I can start rooting for a litany of Devils and Rangers and feel OK about it.

But seriously, look at that team. The forwards ooze two-way talent, which is often overlooked for countries that can put together All-Star teams. If some of the young players develop quickly or take the next step, this can really be a dangerous group of forwards.

The defensive group is a bit raw, but could be passable over a short span. It does feature an incredible group of offensively-gifted blue liners.

In general, this is a young group of skaters that could go a lot of ways over the next 12 months. If things break right, look out.

Even though Miller stole the show in Vancouver, it looks like Quick should start. That said, it will probably come down to whoever is hot going into the Olympics. Hell, it could be Tim Thomas if he comes back at his best. The U.S. will not have trouble finding a capable netminder.

Three years ago, we almost ruined Canada’s Olympics. There’s no reason to think we couldn’t troll the Russian’s. One year. Can’t wait.

Posted on February 7, 2013, in Nick Carroll, Posts and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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