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Team USA has chosen to bring 48 players to orientation camp, which is basically a meet and great golf tournament.

Of those 48 players that were selected for camp, only 25 will be chosen to make the trip to Sochi, Russia for the 2014 Olympics. 20 of those players will dress for each game, leaving five in the pressbox. Here’s my roster for Team USA in Sochi, based on the 48 players at the orientation camp.

In Goal

1. Jonathan Quick

2. Craig Anderson

Quick is arguably the best goaltender in the game right now, regardless of Bobrovsky’s Vezina. He’s a big time player that makes huge saves all game long. Anderson is the backbone of the Ottawa Senators and would have won the Vezina with ease had he not suffered an injury this season. I'm well aware that previous International games factor in the decisions, but I just think that Anderson can't be overlooked with how he played behind a battered team like the Senators this season. The American crease is loaded with talent and will be the deciding factor in each of their games.

On Defense

Ryan Suter – Zach Bogosian

Kevin Shattenkirk – Keith Yandle

Ryan McDonaugh – Jack Johnson

Team USA boasts a solid defensive core that will bring annoyance to opposing players throughout the tournament. Ryan Suter undoubtedly leads the way for the red, white and blue, however his supporting cast is impressive. This tournament should give people a chance to see how good Shattenkirk really is, when he isn’t in Pietrangelo’s shadow.

Up Front

Patrick Kane – Paul Stastny – Phil Kessel

Bobby Ryan – Ryan Kesler – Zach Parise

Dustin Brown – Joe Pavelski – James van Reimsdyk

T.J. Oshie – Derrick Stepan – Ryan Callahan

The forward lineup is more talented than most give it credit for. A dangerous top six is led by two-time Cup champion Patrick Kane, as well as the only player other than Steven Stamkos to finish in the top 10 in scoring the past two seasons, Phil Kessel. Team USA brings a talented checking group with them to Sochi led by Kings captain Dustin Brown. Grinders will be an important role for Team USA as they battle the offensive explosion from Team Canada and Team Russia during the tournament.

Alternates

G Ryan Miller
D Dustin Byfgulien
D Paul Martin
F Max Pacioretty
F David Backes

When Ryan Miller is your third string, you know you have a great crease. Byfgulien could be in the top six for the Americans but I just don’t trust his conditioning, which will need to be tip-top to compete at this level of play. Paul Martin is an underrated guy that brings solid defense with an offensive upside that would blend in well due to injury. Pacioretty is a top power forward in the NHL right now but just doesn’t carry the experience or hands that other grinders do for this squad. Backes provides depth down the side in case of injury to a grinder-role player. Of the 48 players invited to camp, I couldn’t think of a better #25 than Backes.

Here's my pick for the captaincy:

C Dustin Brown
A Ryan Suter
A Ryan Callahan

In 2010 the Americans entered with a strong roster, but most people didn’t see them heading to the Gold Medal game against Canada, let alone overtime, but they deserved every minute of it. This roster is similar in the way that critics won’t believe in them until they step on the ice. Sochi should be no different for the USA as they expect to be in the Gold Medal game once again. The game isn’t won on paper, it’s won on the ice.

That’s my roster for Team USA in Sochi. Leave your thoughts in the comment section.

Thanks for reading!
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August 9, 2013 3:24 PM ET | Delete
pacioretty gets in before oshie, backs will get in before jvr. usa will need backs for shutdown reasons and pacioretty for skating and offense
August 9, 2013 3:37 PM ET | Delete
I think your favorite team might be hurting your judgment on JVR. Stepan and Kesler can perform as shutdown players down the middle and Brown and Callahan are more than capable of taking the shutdown winger roles. There isnt much need for anyone else as a shutdown guy.
August 9, 2013 4:06 PM ET | Delete
pretty decent roster
August 9, 2013 5:24 PM ET | Delete
Quick, Miller, Anderson and Schneider. 3 of those 4 will make it, Howard will not. While John Gibson is only at camp as a learning experience because he will be on USA a lot in the future. Pacioretty, Saad, Galchenyuk and Backes could all make it. C- Parise A- Callahan A- Suter
August 9, 2013 5:50 PM ET | Delete
As a Blues fan, I watch Backes and Oshie both all year. There is 0 chance Oshie skates before Backes does.
August 9, 2013 5:56 PM ET | Delete
I like it but I think Backes replaces Stepan and Pacioretty plays over Oshie who slots in as the 13th forward... I agree with D choices but I can see Carlson and Martin being thrown into the mix as well...
August 9, 2013 6:00 PM ET | Delete
Kane/Stastny/Kessel (pure offense)... Ryan/Kesler/Parise (speed and offense)... Pacioretty/Pavelski/JVR (Size and good mix of offense/defense)... Brown/Backes/Callahan (pure shut down line)... Suter/Bogo... McDonagh/Yandle... Carlson/Martin... Quick/Anderson... spares are Oshie, Shattenkirk, Orpik, Miller... close cuts are Stepan, Okposo, Johnson, Johnson, and Howard
August 9, 2013 6:15 PM ET | Delete
Apparently Byfuglien is training really hard this summer and in great shape. A big physical presence who can skate like Buff would be huge on the international size ice.
August 9, 2013 6:22 PM ET | Delete
I like that roster as well adgo. IceHawk Ill believe it when I see it. Big Buff has tremendous talent but his track record shows a hefty big mac bill. I will agree the USA could use him in all situations though.
August 9, 2013 8:04 PM ET | Delete
Byfuglien could make it on the roster as a spare because he can play D or RW which could come in real handy if someone got hurt... that is why I would have liked to see Burnsy on Canadas radar
August 9, 2013 9:04 PM ET | Delete
Pretty good choices. I see John Carlson getting some serious consideration
August 12, 2013 10:13 AM ET | Delete
Sweden could easily find themselves in the finals too
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