Tuesday, January 05, 2010

My Team USA and the Real One

If you remember last week, I talked about me and my boy J-Rock doing our picks for the Canadian team. We also did the USA team in whole and part of Russians team. Oddly enough, we did better in the USA team.

GOALIES (2 for 3)
Ryan Miller
Tim Thomas
Craig Anderson
Jonathan Quick

DEFENSEMEN (7 for 7)
Mike Komisarek
Brian Rafalski
Jack Johnson
Erik Johnson
Ryan Suter
Paul Martin
Brooks Orpik

FORWARDS (9 for 13)
Zach Parise
Phil Kessel
Patrick Kane
Dustin Brown
Ryan Malone
Paul Stastny
Ryan Kesler
Chris Drury
Jamie Langenbrunner
Brian Gionta
Mike Knuble
Erik Cole
Mike Modano
David Backes
Bobby Ryan
Ryan Callahan
Joe Pavelski

Oddly enough, J and I realized that we couldn't come up with many Americans who would be worthy of a spot....and it looks like were were kind of right. Going 18 for 23 (78%) isn't too bad, but going all out for the defense was pretty sweet.

However, I'm surprised that Quick got the call over Anderson. Sure, it's really for the third goalie slot who may not play throughout the whole tournament; but still. Shocking how Anderson's quick rise really wasn't enough to counter Quick's rapid rise. It is what it is-- neither will play with Ron Wilson saying he'll probably ride one goalie the whole way.

The forwards were a crap shoot. I'm very surprised a guy like Gionta, who has a lot of scoring power, was overlooked. Knuble is a mucker and grind guy, but seems like Callahan is a bit more of a younger Knuble and will be in the system longer than Knuble would; which makes sense in terms of grooming him for the organization. Ryan hasn't had the best start to a year after a great rookie season, but Burke always seems to be high on him; since picking him second overall in the 2005 Draft. I guess the Backes thing is for the 13th position and can fit in anywhere. Pavelski is a under-the-radar pick that could definitely help for secondary scoring.

While we never got done the Russians, we did fairly well for guys biding our time stocking shelves. We just need a team to pick us up and make us part of management, and we're golden.

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