Team USA announced

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  1. Seachd

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    Goalies

    Alvaro Montoya (NYR)
    Cory Schneider (VAN)

    Defense

    Ryan Suter (NSH)
    Jeff Likens
    Matt Hunwick (BOS)
    Nate Hagemo
    Alex Goligoski (PIT)
    Casey Borer (CAR)
    Brian Lee

    Forwards

    Dan Fritsche (CBJ)
    Patrick O'Sullivan (MIN)
    Drew Stafford (BUF)
    Jake Dowell (CHI)
    Adam Pineault (CBJ)
    Ryan Callahan (NYR)
    Mike Brown (VAN)
    T.J. Hensick
    Rob Schremp (EDM)
    Chris Bourque (WSH)
    Kevin Porter (PHX)
    Phil Kessel
    Shawn Weller (OTT)
     
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    No Robbie Earl. Kind of surprising.
     
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    Were Thelen and Johnson expected to make the team? Has Nashville released Suter?
     
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    Which is the source?
     
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    Just a small note, Brian Lee should be listed with the defencemen.
     
  7. Seachd

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    Whoops. Yep, my mistake.
     
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    some minor surprises. best goaltending in the tournament, but the lower half of the defense makes me worry. top two lines are as strong as last year, if not stronger, but the lower two might not be as good. glad to see schremp and pineault named.
     
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    Not enough Californians on the team. Hockey USA is dividing this fine land, and I move we don't cheer for them this year!

    Err...

    On a serious note, very good looking team. As a fan of team Canada, Russia and the US scare me this year, particularly the US with Montoya in nets.
     
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    Thelen was questionable because of his poor start with Michican St, Johnson being left off is a surprise, especially with Brian Lee being named. Suter has been released to play.
     
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    I agree about the goaltending. As for the defense, it looks like the U.S. brass went for a group that is going to finesse the puck out of their zone. The only question mark I have is Lee, as Goligoski and Hagemo absolutely deserve to be on the team. Borer is a stay-at-home type, so I don't really question his inclusion either. The forward group is very strong, with IMO Kessel here for the experience, I expect him to be the 13th skater. Very fast, with a ton of skill and some grit to boot. I think alot of people who aren't familiar with the college game will be surprised by some of these players, in particular a guy like Weller.
     
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    very disappointed that johnson didn't make the team
     
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    I'm surprised, although I wonder if the U.S. brass had some questions about Earl's ability to use his teammates? That seemed to be a central theme with their selection process, and was one of the reasons Schremp was a question mark for a long time.
     
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    I wonder what made them choose Lee over Johnson on defence? There both young (17) and it must be difficult to accurately measure Lee's defensive abilities, while he's competeing against highschoolers.

    I think Bobby Ryan could have been an impact player for the US, his size and strength along the boards and in front of the net could've helped the States down low. I guess his skating on the big ice would have been a bit of a down fall.
     
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    You are? How about me, Postman, cagney, etc? :cry:
     
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    Johnson being left off is unbelieveable! No disrespect to anyone, just amazing. This team might have huge issues with a Sutter coached Canadian team. Not sure the US D can match up with our big forwards. Looks like th Defence is all Minnesota and Wisconsin with the lone exception of Hunwick. I still like Canada and Russia. Doubt this US team will medal. Just my personal prediction
     
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    Shawn Weller made it. Alright.
     
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    that's a pretty bold prediction, because to me...canada doesn't look as good as last year, and the US looks just about the same.
     
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    The U.S. had a similar defense last year and we did just fine. You don't have to be a beast to play well against larger opponents. On a positive note, the U.S. retains one of the qualities that got us a gold medal last year, and that is a ton of team speed. This team is lightning quick across the board.
     
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    Interesting comment. Canada has a better team, remember Crosby is one year older and had some experience, and that Sutter is coaching. He will play a grinding in you face old fashioned style of game. They will run the goalie every time and be very physical. I know the US has speed, but I saw some of these kids and I am not sure they have the moxy to go toe to toe for 60 minutes of Sutter hockey. Just one persons opinion.
     
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    :shakehead...In other words, they will play dirty and/or cheap
     
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    Not at all, just playoff style hockey. Remember what kind of players the Sutters were and how they coached their respective NHL teams. He gets a lot out of them. NOT dirty at all.
     
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    I'm pretty sure he meant "crash the net" :p:
     
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    "Run the goalie every time"....tell me, how is that not dirty? I guess Canada's strategy this year will be to take out the best goalie on each team they play, so that they can try to avoid folding like a wet paper towel in the 3rd period again ;).
     
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