Per wrote:The American official roster:
Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings
Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres
Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings.
John Carlson, Washington Capitals
Justin Faulk, Carolina Hurricanes
Cam Fowler, Anaheim Ducks
Paul Martin, Pittsburgh Penguins
Ryan McDonagh, New York Rangers
Brooks Orpik, Pittsburgh Penguins
Kevin Shattenkirk, St. Louis Blues
Ryan Suter, Minnesota Wild.
David Backes, St. Louis Blues
Dustin Brown, Los Angeles Kings
Ryan Callahan, New York Rangers
Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
Ryan Kesler, Vancouver Canucks
Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs
T.J. Oshie, St. Louis Blues
Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadiens
Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild
Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks
Paul Stastny, Colorado Avalanche
Derek Stepan, New York Rangers
Blake Wheeler, Winnipeg Jets
James van Riemsdyk, Toronto Maple Leafs
Looks pretty decent. Surprising that Bobby Ryan didn't make the cut though.
I don't expect the Americans to make much noise this year if Quick isn't back and healthy. Backes, Brown, JVR, Callahan, and Pacioretty, will likely be in penalty trouble a lot, either for being too aggressive or not being quick enough on their feet on the big ice. The defense isn't exactly intimidating anyone.
Howard over Schneider is almost hilarious, so is Miller really.
Compared to 2010 this is a bit more of a lunch bucket team and will have to play as such, unfortunately international hockey seems to prefer speed and skill, particularly on international ice.