Team USA

Discussion in 'International Tournaments' started by Randall Graves*, Dec 9, 2005.

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  1. We've had about 10 million team Canada threads, so let's talk team USA.

    Who is going to make the team? I have a general idea of about a dozen players but some of them are up there in age, what young players can we expect?
     
  2. Draft Guru

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    I think Jed Ortmeyer is somebody who will be a given a look. Waddell admitted he's a candidate. He's not the most skilled player, but this guy is a shotblocking machine and one of the best PKers in the NHL.
     
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    I know JR will not be on the team....
     
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    .....and I can't wait for his reaction once he finds out officially!
     
  5. Maybe he can be an assistant coach..
     
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    You need someone with half a brain for that job...
     
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    Who (aside from Tortorella) are the assistants anyways?
     
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    Torts isn't one of the assistants.

    Anyway, yes there have been a gazillion team Canada threads, and they've all been moved, as this one will be. ;)
     
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    Cole-Gionta-Gomez
    Weight-Drury-Connoly
    Conry-Modano-Blake
    Knuble-Rolston-Amonte
    Roenick

    Leopold-Liles
    Rafalski-Schneider
    Miller-Leetch
    Martin

    Dipietro
    Esche
    Miller

    Thats my best guess, probably pretty far off though.
     
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    I wouldn't be surprised at all if Ortmeyer's on the team. I could see a 4th line of him, Blake and perhaps Halpern. I think people need to get used to the idea that these Olympic teams aren't going to be all-star teams. There are going to be some big names on every team left off. Here's who I would have on the U.S. team at this point:


    Forwards (x12):

    Tkachuk-Modano-Guerin
    Knuble-Weight-Parrish
    Cole-Gomez-Gionta
    Rolston-Conroy-Blake

    Defense (x8):

    Leetch-Hedican
    Miller-Gleason
    Schneider-Liles
    Rafalski-Mara

    Goaltenders (x3):

    DiPietro
    Esche
    Grahame
     
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    i betcha that's pretty much the team that will be named except you can remove Hedican and add Ballard.And if he's healthy i think they'll take Miller and Drop Grahame.
     
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    I like your list. I'd scratch Leetch or Hedican and add Gleason. Possibly switch Grahame for Miller.
     
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    I can see that, although I'm starting to think Hedican is a lock for the team. He's been very good this year, is a great skater, and plays for Laviolette in Carolina.
     
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    I have Gleason, and I think it's a possibility Miller is on the team if healthy.
     
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    Forwards (x12):

    Tkachuk-Modano-Guerin
    Knuble-Weight-Parrish
    Cole-Gomez-Gionta
    Rolston-Conroy-Blake

    Defense (x8):

    Leetch-Hedican
    Miller-Gleason
    Schneider-Liles
    Rafalski-Mara

    Goaltenders (x3):

    DiPietro
    Esche
    Grahame[/QUOTE]

    I'd rather have any of Leopold, Ballard, Whitney, or Martin on the team over Hedican. I can also see Mike York making the team over Knuble or Parrish.
     
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    Forwards

    Blake-Gomez-Gianta
    Tkachuk-Modano-York
    Connolly-Conroy-Rolsten
    Cole-Drury-Knuble

    Defense

    Schneider-Ballard
    Rafalski-Berard
    Leetch-Mara

    Goaltenders

    DiPietro
    Grahame
    Miller
     
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    Piss on Roenick. I'd rather see him sit in the stands and cry away than play for the U.S. He's a total clown.
     
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    The sad thing is that Roenick might be considered for the team. Honestly look at those lists, they arent that impressive.
     
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    And its not as if he has any "weak" attributes that would hold him back. Things like skating are not a liability. Hell, hes even made a few impressive stick moves with the puck.


    I'd also wouldnt object to Ryan "Hollywood" Hollweg on the team, if for no other reason than to see him go after players like Lemieux. :D
     
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    Cole-Modano-Blake
    Tkachuk-Gomez-Gionta
    York-Weight-Parrish
    Knuble-Conroy-Guerin
    ex. Rolston, Drury

    Leopold-Leetch
    Mara-Rafalski
    Chelios-Schneider
    ex: Miller, Liles

    Dipietro
    Miller
    ex. Esche

    First line are all great skaters, two of them with good size. Cole can drive hard to the net and Modano setting him up. Blake gives the line some nice 2way play, as well as contributing on the offensive side of things. Second line has Gomez passing to two snipers, one of whom he already has chemistry with. The third line is based largely on past chemistry, Weight and Parrish were excellent at the WC's during the lockout, and York has shown some good chemistry with Parrish for NYI. The fourth line is pretty crash and bang, but has plenty of scoring to go with it. It can change momentum in any number of ways. Rolston and Drury's versatility give them the extra slots. All four lines are good offensively and defensively and should be rolled out pretty evenly.

    On defense, Leetch and Leopold are both very good 2way players that know what it takes to win and can skate well enough to keep up with just about anyone. On the third pairing, Chelios is still one of the best defensive defenseman in the league, and he and Schneider know each other's games pretty well. On the second, Mara provides good size to Rafalski's dimuitive stature. Rafalski has a wealth of international experience, which will help Mara's lack of it, and both move the puck extremely well. Miller and Liles get the extras, as they bring very different aspects and can fill in depending on need.

    Goalies just listed in order of preference at this particular moment. Dipietro's play at the WC's IMO gets him the nod as starter, but all three will likely battle it out.
     
  22. Skroob*

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    I would agree. Its of no good to have a player like Tony Amonte on your 4th line.

    You need players who are gonna play tough, gritty, and dirty if needed.
     
  23. I'd rather have any of Leopold, Ballard, Whitney, or Martin on the team over Hedican. I can also see Mike York making the team over Knuble or Parrish.[/QUOTE]
    What about Keith Carney? I think he's better than Leopold and Whitney right now by a fair margin..
     
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    Again, are these the only threads you post in? Why do you feel the need to constantly piss on USA Hockey? As for the lists mentioned, I don't think anyone is expecting the U.S. to have the most talented team in the tourney, but if you've been paying attention to the play of virtually all of these players this year (and I don't believe you have) then you'd notice that to a man they are playing well. Who cares how many "name" players are on the team?
     
  25. Skroob*

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    Who does everyone see as getting the letters this time around???

    Last time Leetch was "C", we won the world cup. ;)
     
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