50MC’s 2010 Team USA Picks
Last Wednesday Pierre McGuire revealed his picks for Canada’s 2010 Olympic Hockey team in a nice little 10 minute video presentation on TSN. For the most part, I agree with his selections except for having Brent Burns on the team instead of Chris Pronger. McGuire argued that he chose Dan Boyle over Pronger because Boyle is a “plus” player in San Jose (+15) as opposed to Pronger’s -3. However, this +/- is very misleading because Boyle plays for a high scoring San Jose team that scores a lot of goals on even strength which helps Boyle’s stat.
While McGuire was presenting his peice, John Tortorella was asked to make up a list for is Team USA picks in under 5 minutes. This list was presented by TSN in between commercial breaks. Because Canada’s team will be speculated on for the next 9 months, I decided to go the other way and give Team USA some more pub. The same Team USA that Torts said has a chance to beat Canada.
Line 1: Patrick Kane/Paul Stastny/Zach Parise – the future of Team USA hockey. If they have a chance at medalling, this line must be productive, and it will be.
line 2: Peter Mueller/Joe Pavelski/Phil Kessel – I think this might be one of the more effective lines for Team USA. They have speed with JP, a natural scorer in Kessel and size and sniper in Mueller.
line 3: Mike Modano/Doug Weight/Keith Tkachuk – necessities on any Team USA.
line 4: Jamie Langenbrunner/Chris Drury/Dustin Brown – shut down line. The young Brown is already a good defensive player, and will only learn by playing with these two.
I realize I left out a lot of good young talent mainly because I feel like Modano, Weight and Tkachuk (and possibly Guerin and Roenick) have done a lot for Team USA and deserve spots. I would like to see Blake Wheeler, David Booth, Drew Stafford, Patrick O’Sullivan and Jordan Schroeder make the team in 2010. Scott Gomez has been a lock for Team USA, but I left him off because he has been shit the past 2 years.
D Pair 1: Brian Rafalski/Paul Martin – former NJ team mates form a great PP1 option.
D Pair 2: Ryan Whitney/Erik Johnson – young big bodies
D Pair 3: Ryan Suter/Mike Komisarek/Jack Johnson
Team USA defense is a strong part of the team. Although they are young, they are big bodied and still developing.
Goaltenders: Ryan Miller, Tim Thomas, Craig Anderson
Miller is the #1 goaltender, but for some reason, I would feel safer if Thomas played against a dynamic team like Russia.
In terms of how far these guys go… I would like to see them give Russia a good game in the semi’s.