As the summer moves forward, team USA has selected Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma to lead Team USA for the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Personally, I think that Bylsma is a very good selection. Bylsma is a very good hockey coach and in 2009 he added a Stanley Cup on his coaching resume.
As soon as the announcement for the head coach was made, I am sure that many USA hockey fans were already dreaming up their preliminary Olympic teams rosters in their heads. Here are some of the players that "I" think will have a chance to make team USA preliminary camp roster. Feel free to add or delete your list of players. It will be interesting to see how close my list it to the actual roster that comes out next winter.
Also, feel free to defend why a player should or shouldn't be added to the preliminary roster. Also feel free to add your own roster. This is meant to be fun and provoke thought and discussion.
*David Backes, MSU, St. Louis Blues, Minneapolis, Minnesota
#Jason Pominville, Shawinigan QMJHL, Minnesota Wild, Repentigny, Quebec
*Derek Stepan, UW, New York Rangers, Hastings, Minnesota
**Nate Gerbe, B.C., Buffalo Sabres, Oxford, Michigan
Ryan Suter, UW, Minnesota, Madison, Wisconsin
Brooks Orpik, Boston College, Pittsburgh Penguins, San Francisco, California
Kevin Shattenkirk, Boston U, St. Louis Blues, Greenwich, Connecticut
*Paul Martin, UMN, Pittsburgh Penguins, Elk River, Minnesota
*/**Jordan Leopold, UMN, St. Louis Blues, Golden Valley, Minnesota
*/**Erik Johnson, UMN, Colorado Avalanche, Bloomington, Minnesota
**Seth Jones, Portland Winterhawks WHL, Arlington, Texas (draft eligible)
**/#Cam Fowler, Windsor OHL, Anaheim Ducks, Windsor, Ontario
**Tyler Myers, Kelowna WHL, Buffalo Sabres, Houston, Texas
**Matt Greene, UND, L.A. Kings, Grand Ledge, Michigan
Jonathan Quick, UMass, L.A. Kings, Milford, Connecticut
Ryan Miller, MSU, Buffalo Sabres, East Lansing, Michigan
**Jimmy Howard, Maine, Detroit Red Wings, Syracuse, New York
*State of Hockey member
# Dual Citizen