Discussion in 'NHL Draft - Prospects' started by Sticky*, Mar 3, 2005.
boy, that nailed it...and I'm a huge fan\follower of USA hockey and the NTDP. They really need to strip down and get things in order. This US could put out a much better team capable of much more if they'd just do it the right way.
That's old news and that web sight is a joke.
Oh geez. Im sorry for posting what some fans might deem important information.
I enjoyed it. I hadn't read anything on this.
Maybe I missed it but thanks!
Don't worry, the guy doesn't even know what a website is.
I read it before, but it's a good read.
These guys didn't go out and even *watch* Dustin Byfuglien play... hell they didn't even give him a chance to come to camp and earn a spot.
Now you look at Bubba's GP, then look at his point production. Then realize that he would also be the most physical player that the USA could throw out there on the blueline.
Nobody is suggesting that Byfuglien isn't a streaky player. But a motivated Byfuglien is as good as anyone on the US team..
Good read .... still can't believe they didn't take Johnson, Thelen/Lashoff and it took them right to the end to pick Schremp
I think that Johnson was good enough to play there. He was certainly better then the other highschool player they had.
This article came out right after the WJC and was posted on ESPN.com. Why are you linking to it months later on some half-baked site?
Probably because many of us hadn't seen it.
Thanks for posting the article - it was an interesting read.
I thought this article had some additional details but I could be wrong. Anyway, it highlights some serious issues that need to be resolved with USA Hockey as an organization. I hope the most serious (such as stupid politics) are in some way resolved by next year. IMO, the U.S. would have been a shoo-in for the silver with better organization, including the selection process.
Taking Brian Lee instead of Jack Johnson (for the U-20 team) , was a JOKE!!!
Team U.S.A passed on Ryan at a time when he was third in the O.H.L in scoring, third in plus/minus in the league. There was 1 reason: he turned the program down the year before.
I enjoyed the article - especially since all we get now are business of hockey type articles. Thanks for posting the link.
I missed it before but that was an informative article on some of the strange selections the US team made.
Flawed thinking on your part. Danny Fritsche turned down the program too, but he was there, and O'Sullivan left early, he was there. Ryan is young, and they already had Kessel.
Ryan will be there next year.
Bubba has wicked hands...has been working hard at losing weight...and can play a devestating physical game. So shocked and impressed when I saw him with PG this year.. he should have been given a shot if he was young enough...he would have turned some heads.
not only was this printed at the time - we had a thread here talking about it. it still is a good article, and valid. usa hockey is at a pretty important crossroad - they need to get new blood in there and change things around. i know at least 3 good people who have been fired from there for no apparent reason, ive worked witha number of their programs and i can tell you they have good people working for them - but they lack direction.
It's one thing to turn down the program and it is another to sign the contract, commit to them, and then back out which is what a number of 87's did that year. That calls into question their character. I'm not sure if Bobby Ryan was one of them but those kids will never see spots on the World Junior rosted.
If Robbie Schremp can get on the team after the stunt he pulled than anyone can.
But barely got any ice time. The coach didn't even want him on the team. For that reason Schremp barely got any ice time during the tournament.
He got enough to strut his stuff, especially as the tournament progressed. Ryan WILL be on the team next year. I guarantee it.