I know, I know, we are so far away from this, but man I am getting pumped up again for next years WJC! Maybe because I am still sick to my stomache about the way the American team choked, that I really would like to rebound asap and win the gold again. I really do feel the American team will be the front-runner again alongside Canada, but that obviously didnt get us anywhere this year. I wish what our team looks like on paper could translate better to on ice results. Canada may rely on another young team next year with the likes of Esposito and Tavares in the running. IMO this could be a bad thing for Canada to again have to rely on a young group of players. I know they will have a decent amount of returning players, but I really dont think they will have a dominant team next year, kind of like the one they had this year....which still won the gold! I am not downing Canada, I am just trying to find a sliver of hope here for us Americans. We really need to do something about our selection process. It really stinks. We need to have a camp the way Canada does, just before the tournament. This will get our guys acclimated with one another again and actually matter by bringing in the guys who up till that moment are the most deserving of it. I know college schedules and classes has something to do with this, but the process has to change. I believe in the NTDP, it has done so much for this country's hockey, that I dont think we will finish past fourth place again. But we really need to spread out and stop relying so much on this program and its players. The CHL was loaded with young American players that we "should" have taken this year. I know they were trying to put a team together that was familiar with one another, but how familiar are you with someone who you plays against a few times a year? Playing on all-star squads, I didnt play any better with a guy who I played against 2-3 times. It didnt make a difference. That thought process doesnt really make sense. I would want to pick the guys who are more familiar with our opponents/main opponent (Canada), instead. These guys in the CHL play against Canadian players and some euros all year, they know first hand what we are up against. I am just getting a little tired of not seeing the best players taken for this tourney for whatever the reason. Chris Butler, Taylor Chorney, and Matt Niskanen where almost invisible most nights. I am not picking on these guys because I wanted Niskanen on this team, but man wouldnt Michael Sauer and his physical play, Matt Lashoff's leadership and cool under pressure approach helped out so much? We need to stop making excuses and do what Canada does...PICK THE BEST PLAYERS! I am not saying this is why we lost this year, our team was great the way it was, but obviously something was missing. We have a great group of guys coming back next year, with maybe both Johnsons and Kessel probably not coming back. If Chicago takes Mueller I dont think you will see him either. These are all ifs and either way it will be a great team next year. We will not be finishing 5-7th anymore and thats good, I think we finally have the right direction and depth to not have this happen anymore. We just need to put it all together and start winning when we have the better teams. My picks for 07' Defense Bobby Sanguinetti- amazing talent, will be needed so much next year with his offense. We better not snub this CHL stud. Nigel Williams- will be top15 pick this year, will be next years version of Erik Johnson. Monster who can skate, will be as dominating as either of the Johnsons. Michael Sauer- PLEASE PICK HIM! Solid as a rock, hits like a train, and by the way scores in bunches. Again, CHL snubbed, but we will see the light on him. Joey Ryan- my wild card. Plays a real tough game in Quebec junior league, is rising so much, come draft time may be a top 35-40 pick. solid like a rock, loves to hit. Offense Kyle Okposo- might be a top 10 pick, plays all around game, can hit, skate, and score. what more do you really need? Michael Forney- see Okposo above. Might be another top 10 pick. He is no longer a secret and will prove his worth in college next year. Just a bull. Andy Inderieden- super power forward. will crash through a wall if he has to. also can skate and score pretty darn good. dont be surprised when hes taken first round. Jordan LaValle- should have made this team this year. another power forward who is having a monster year in the Quebec league. reminds me of an Adam Deadmarsh. Blake Geoffrion- every team needs a guy like this. Joel Otto mold, may never score more then 20, but will stick up for his guys every night. I love his character. Nick Foligno- dont care what some scouts are saying, will be a first round pick. plays a physical game, and is gifted offensively. needs to put it all together for next season. Ryan Flynn- another guy who will get picked first round. doesnt get much talk, but he is such a promising forward. Like Oshie with physical game, but this kid can score more and skate harder then T.J. What a group of forwards this is. They will be able to knock everyone out of the rink every game. Next years squad could be such a power team with Bobby Ryan, Jack Skille, and Peter Mueller coming back. All of these guys can skate too, this is just my opinion, but I would build a power team that can skate, that will take it Canada and Russia unrelenting. I think our defense will be such a blessing next year too. Brian Lee should be back, I strongly feel one of the Johnsons will be here, Mark Mitera is reminding me more of a Mark Stuart(thats a real good thing), and Taylor Chorney might not get the returning nod this year, he didnt do too much in my eyes to warrant a return. The thought of Sanguinetti, Sauer, Williams, E.Johnson(yes i think erik), Lee, Mitera, and Joey Ryan will be very hard for any country to out-do. I am very excited about these groups of kids. Also Billy Sauer will be in goal, no doubt on that one. Well these are my long and boring thoughts, Canada will be a great team again next year, but hey what the heck, I think we got a great shot. Any thoughts?