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Justin Faulk Named To Team USA For Sochi

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KillerKat    10,926

with a good handful of American super stars not making it, I think it was a personal decision for some of them and they chose not to go.

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After overlooking the roster, I came up with the changes I would make...

 

Kyle Okposo over James Van Riemsdyk

Bobby Ryan over Ryan Callahan (no idea how Callahan made it)

Keith Yandle over Paul Martin

Dustin Byfuglien over Brooks Orpik

Jack Johnson over Cam Fowler

Ben Bishop over Jimmy Howard (Bishop is second in the NHL in save percentage...)

 

My Line Up

Zach Parise - Ryan Kesler - Patrick Kane

Bobby Ryan - Joe Pavelski - Phil Kessel

Dustin Brown - David Backes - Max Pacioretty

Kyle Okposo - Paul Stastny - T.J. Oshie

Blake Wheeler - Derek Stepan

 

Ryan Suter - John Carlson

Ryan McDonagh - Kevin Shattenkirk

Jack Johnson - Justin Faulk

Dustin Byfuglien - Keith Yandle

 

Ryan Miller

Jonathan Quick

Ben Bishop

 

Note: Dustin Brown could also be subbed out to keep JvR (Brown is having an sub-par season), but his experience should keep him on the roster.

 

It's clear to me that favorites were played... Burke hates Bobby Ryan which is why he wasn't picked and there was no way that Byslma was going to leave off his own players in Orpik and Martin.

 

And finally, it's beyond me how Ryan Callahan made this team... he's struggled when he's been in the line-up and on top of that he has missed 14 games due to injury. We can't be wasting a roster spot on a guy that needs to wear bubble wrap in order to make it to Sochi in one piece.

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KillerKat    10,926

After overlooking the roster, I came up with the changes I would make...

 

Kyle Okposo over James Van Riemsdyk

Bobby Ryan over Ryan Callahan (no idea how Callahan made it)

Keith Yandle over Paul Martin

Dustin Byfuglien over Brooks Orpik

Jack Johnson over Cam Fowler

Ben Bishop over Jimmy Howard (Bishop is second in the NHL in save percentage...)

 

My Line Up

Zach Parise - Ryan Kesler - Patrick Kane

Bobby Ryan - Joe Pavelski - Phil Kessel

Dustin Brown - David Backes - Max Pacioretty

Kyle Okposo - Paul Stastny - T.J. Oshie

Blake Wheeler - Derek Stepan

 

Ryan Suter - John Carlson

Ryan McDonagh - Kevin Shattenkirk

Jack Johnson - Justin Faulk

Dustin Byfuglien - Keith Yandle

 

Ryan Miller

Jonathan Quick

Ben Bishop

 

Note: Dustin Brown could also be subbed out to keep JvR (Brown is having an sub-par season), but his experience should keep him on the roster.

 

It's clear to me that favorites were played... Burke hates Bobby Ryan which is why he wasn't picked and there was no way that Byslma was going to leave off his own players in Orpik and Martin.

 

And finally, it's beyond me how Ryan Callahan made this team... he's struggled when he's been in the line-up and on top of that he has missed 14 games due to injury. We can't be wasting a roster spot on a guy that needs to wear bubble wrap in order to make it to Sochi in one piece.

I can see now why there was so much fuss when Byslma was named coach. This isn't a freaking summer practice. WE GOT TO BEAT fuging CANADA. And this guy is fuging with our roster. We need the best players possible. Not fuging favorites of a coach. Pisses me off to no end because I've been looking forward to this for 4 years.

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KillerKat    10,926

I'm still pissed bobby ryan and okposo aren't on the team. They've both put up great numbers this year. We don't have the luxury like Canada to pick and choose situational guys. We need the absolute best point scorers on the team and I don't believe we do.

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KillerKat    10,926

And it also looks like they have Quick over Miller despite Miller having the higher save percentage while facing more shots. Miller has always faced a ton of shots while still having a high save percentage. He should be the starter.

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iamcline    764

Malkin - Ovechkin - Semin is just a nasty line.  2 goals in 4 minutes for that one to start the game this morning.  Faulk was a scratch today for the USA.  Gonna need him on Saturday though.

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doogy    42

USA looked impressive today, sure hope Canada gets a chance to play them at some point, will be a heck of a matchup. At this point, I don't see anyone beating Canada other than Sweden or the US. Have a feeling we'll be meeting in the crossover/final round once again. 

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MadHatter    9,501

USA looked impressive today, sure hope Canada gets a chance to play them at some point, will be a heck of a matchup. At this point, I don't see anyone beating Canada other than Sweden or the US. Have a feeling we'll be meeting in the crossover/final round once again. 

 

Sweden just lost Zetterberg for the rest of the tournament.  Their chances for a podium finish just took a huge blow.

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