Team USA right now

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  1. Eye of Ra

    Eye of Ra Registered User

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    What would best possible team USA look like right now?

    My take:

    Debrincat - Matthews - Kane
    Gaudreau - Eichel - Kessel
    Guentzel - Trocheck - Johnsson
    Tkachuk - Larkin - Tkachuk

    Suter - Carlson
    Werenski - McAvoy
    Jones - Byfuglien

    Gibson
    Hellebuyck
    Bishop
     
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    So I have a bit of an issue with the wingers and one massive problem on D unless this is because Seth Jones, the best USA D-man is hurt and that factors into right now.

    Blake Wheeler, Kyle Connor, Cam Atkinson, Anders Lee and probably Palmieri and Oshie deserve mentions as well even if they don't go and I would take some of these guys over what was listed.

    This is the golden era of USA hockey though. I doubt the NHL can turn down the Olympics with a Team USA that does for the first time ever look stacked and comparable to Canada on paper by the time 2022 rolls around. I think both the Hughes boys would be on the china team as well. It is the deepest and most talented we have been since the mid-90s and I actually like this group more on a talent level.
     
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    Gaudreau - Matthews - Kane
    DeBrincat - Eichel - Wheeler
    Kreider - Trocheck - Kessel
    Connor - Larkin - Oshie
    Keller
    Palmieri

    Suter - Jones
    Slavin - Carlson
    Fowler - McAvoy
    Werenski
    Ghostbear

    Gibson
    Hellebuyck
    Bishop
     
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    Gaudreau- Matthews- Kane
    Larkin- Eichel- Wheeler
    Connor- Trocheck- Kessel
    Tkachuk- Miller- Oshie
    DeBrincat, Lee

    Suter- Jones
    Slavin- Carlson
    Werenski- Trouba
    Gostisbehere- McAvoy

    Gibson
    Hellebuyck
    Quick

    PP1:
    Gaudreau- Matthews- Kessel
    Kane- Carlson

    PP2:
    Connor- Eichel- Wheeler
    Werenski- Jones

    PK1:
    Trocheck- Oshie
    Suter- Jones

    PK2:
    Larkin- Wheeler
    Slavin- Trouba

    C- Ryan Suter
    A- Blake Wheeler
    A- Patrick Kane
     
  5. Eye of Ra

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    i forgot jones, he is in my team now .
     
  6. Brodeur

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    I'd have a Slavin/McDonagh to balance out the LD/RD. I know some people dismiss it, but it's a tough assumption to shift a RH D to expect him to perform equally well on the left side especially when righties tend to play the right side exclusively. Some lefties will play the right side out of necessity and get used to it.

    As others mentioned, guys like Wheeler/Connor/Palmieri/Atkinson/Oshie/Miller/Lee probably should be in consideration especially if you have one of the Tkachuks penciled in on their opposite wing. It's personal preference, but I'd probably have Chris Kreider in my mix as well.
     
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    yeah, sorry Ra, your wingers are off for my liking...

    and if injuries are factored in then Matthews would be a no go...but if not, then Jones lines up in the top 4 hands down.

    Johnny Gaudreau - Auston Matthews - Patrick Kane(A)
    Blake Wheeler - Jack Eichel - Phil Kessel
    Anders Lee - Dylan Larkin - Clayton Keller
    Matthew Tkachuk -Vincent Trocheck - T.J Oshie
    Joe Pavelski(C)


    EX:Kyle Connor/Alex DeBrincat/Brock Boeser

    Ryan Suter(A) - John Carlson
    Zach Werenski - Seth Jones
    Jaccob Slavin - Charlie McAvoy
    Ryan McDonagh

    EX:Dustin Byfuglien/Cam Fowler/Shayne Gostisbehere

    John Gibson
    Connor Hellebuyck
    Jon Quick - needs to be healthy

    EX:Ben Bishop

    Good luck playing against Tkachuk, Trocheck, Oshie lol

    The only other country that can compete top to bottom in depth is obviously Canada who would still be ahead of this group, but put anyone but Torts behind this bench and this squad should be playing for the Gold.
     
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    USA right now would be as good or better than any country. The competition's so deep that it'd have to leave some very good players behind.

    Like, I can't see how a team that should prioritize clutch performance could leave Guentzel at home, but it'd be hard to work him in.
     
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    AmericanDream Adopted Canadian

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    shame on no Keller from you guys!!
     
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    This is the best one
     
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    Gaudreau-Eichel-Wheeler
    Kane-Matthews-Kessel
    Keller-Trocheck-Boeser
    Kreider-Larkin-M. Tkachuk
    Debrincat

    Werenski-Jones
    McDonagh-McAvoy
    Slavin-Trouba
    Suter

    Gibson
    Hellebuyck
    Quick
     
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    I thought about posting a couple times and every time I kept remembering somebody. Last round being Keller and Boeser. Should be some fun decisions for the next WC/OG.
     
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    You are forgiven my friend....it is a great problem to have when there is a dozen or so names for each position that are legit contenders, and many more on the way!
     
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    lol
     
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    Sooo...what? No Carlson is the issue?
     
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    There are plenty of issues.
     
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    Boeser - Matthews - Kane
    Gaudreau - Eichel - Wheeler
    Keller - Trochek - Kessel
    Kreider - Larkin - Lee
    Miller

    Slavin - Carlson
    McDonagh - Jones
    Suter - McAvoy
    Trouba

    Gibson
    Hellebuyck
    Quick
     
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    If their is a weakness, it may be in goal? The forward lines are deep, skilled and fast.
     
  19. Big Phil

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    You might have the biggest issues in net. This is a good team, but they still lose to Canada.
     
  20. koyvoo

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    Gibson has been the best goalie in the league so far this year and Helle is a Vezina finalist?
     
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    Goaltending depth has gone from a strength to a relative weakness but I would put Gibson against what any other country has to offer.
     
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    Are either of them that "lights out" kind of goalie from past years like Mike Richter? None of them scare you in particular. Richter always scared me because when he hit that zone he was freakish. Bobrovsky has won the Vezina but he isn't a guy I'd worry about facing either.
     
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    No. Richter especially in 96 was a killer. I just don’t know I’d term the position a worrying weakness. Gibson is definitely playing at an extremely high level currently and does have the international pedigree, at least at the junior level.
     
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    I don't think the U.S. needs a Mike Richter performance from '96 to win a best on best tournament at this point. Sound team construction/coaching are more pressing issues.
     
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    He's won a bronze at the men's worlds as well.
     

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