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From The Hockey News, the US Olympic Hockey Team for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Make the jump for the roster and some thoughts.

Goaltenders:

Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres


Ryan Miller

#30 / Goalie / Buffalo Sabres

6-2

175

Jul 17, 1980



GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2009 - Ryan Miller 33 1928 21 8 66 2.05 987 921 .933 4

 

Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings


Jonathan Quick

#32 / Goalie / Los Angeles Kings

6-1

223

Jan 21, 1986



GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2009 - Jonathan Quick 37 2224 21 13 97 2.62 1007 910 .904 0


Tim Thomas, Boston Bruins


Tim Thomas

#30 / Goalie / Boston Bruins

5-11

201

Apr 15, 1974



GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2009 - Tim Thomas 24 1439 10 9 58 2.42 711 653 .918 4



Defensemen:

Erik Johnson, St. Louis Blues


Erik Johnson

#6 / Defenseman / St. Louis Blues

6-4

219

Mar 21, 1988



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2009 - Erik Johnson 39 4 17 21 -1 30 2 0 1 0 80 5.0

 

Jack Johnson, Los Angeles Kings


Jack Johnson

#3 / Defenseman / Los Angeles Kings

6-0

218

Jan 13, 1987



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2009 - Jack Johnson 40 4 12 16 -11 34 2 0 0 0 69 5.8


Mike Komisarek, Toronto Maple Leafs


Mike Komisarek

#8 / Defenseman / Toronto Maple Leafs

6-4

243

Jan 19, 1982



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2009 - Mike Komisarek 33 0 4 4 -9 40 0 0 0 0 35 0.0

 

Paul Martin, New Jersey Devils


Paul Martin

#7 / Defenseman / New Jersey Devils

6-1

195

Mar 05, 1981



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2009 - Paul Martin 9 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 9 0.0

 

Brooks Orpik, Pittsburgh Penguins


Brooks Orpik

#44 / Defenseman / Pittsburgh Penguins

6-2

219

Sep 26, 1980



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2009 - Brooks Orpik 37 0 14 14 5 28 0 0 0 0 25 0.0


Brian Rafalski, Detroit Red Wings


Brian Rafalski

#28 / Defenseman / Detroit Red Wings

5-10

194

Sep 28, 1973



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2009 - Brian Rafalski 36 2 13 15 7 8 1 0 0 0 57 3.5

 

Ryan Suter, Nashville Predators


Ryan Suter

#20 / Defenseman / Nashville Predators

6-1

194

Jan 21, 1985



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2009 - Ryan Suter 41 2 18 20 5 22 1 0 0 0 44 4.5


Forwards:

David Backes, St. Louis Blues


David Backes

#42 / Right Wing / St. Louis Blues

6-3

216

May 01, 1984



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2009 - David Backes 40 9 10 19 -4 52 1 0 2 0 90 10.0

 

Dustin Brown, Los Angeles Kings


Dustin Brown

#23 / Right Wing / Los Angeles Kings

6-0

208

Nov 04, 1984



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2009 - Dustin Brown 41 9 19 28 -5 14 3 0 1 0 134 6.7


Ryan Callahan, New York Rangers


Ryan Callahan

#24 / Right Wing / New York Rangers

5-11

188

Mar 21, 1985



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2009 - Ryan Callahan 40 9 10 19 -11 34 6 0 2 0 107 8.4


Chris Drury, New York Rangers


Chris Drury

#23 / Center / New York Rangers

5-10

190

Aug 20, 1976



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2009 - Chris Drury 35 5 9 14 -7 12 0 0 0 0 60 8.3


Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks


Patrick Kane

#88 / Right Wing / Chicago Blackhawks

5-10

178

Nov 19, 1988



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2009 - Patrick Kane 40 17 28 45 14 14 3 0 5 0 129 13.2


Ryan Kesler, Vancouver Canucks


Ryan Kesler

#17 / Center / Vancouver Canucks

6-2

205

Aug 31, 1984



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2009 - Ryan Kesler 41 10 24 34 -1 39 5 0 3 0 116 8.6

 

 

Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs


Phil Kessel

#81 / Right Wing / Toronto Maple Leafs

6-0

180

Oct 02, 1987



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2009 - Phil Kessel 29 14 8 22 0 11 3 0 2 0 130 10.8


Jamie Langenbrunner, New Jersey Devils


Jamie Langenbrunner

#15 / Right Wing / New Jersey Devils

6-1

205

Jul 24, 1975



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2009 - Jamie Langenbrunner 39 10 22 32 10 22 2 2 2 0 91 11.0


Ryan Malone, Tampa Bay Lightning


Ryan Malone

#12 / Left Wing / Tampa Bay Lightning

6-4

224

Dec 01, 1979



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2009 - Ryan Malone 40 19 16 35 8 38 6 0 7 0 106 17.9


Zach Parise, New Jersey Devils


Zach Parise

#9 / Left Wing / New Jersey Devils

5-11

190

Jul 28, 1984



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2009 - Zach Parise 39 17 25 42 21 8 3 1 2 0 176 9.7

 

Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks


Joe Pavelski

#8 / Center / San Jose Sharks

5-11

195

Jul 11, 1984



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2009 - Joe Pavelski 26 9 12 21 8 14 1 1 0 0 94 9.6

 

Bobby Ryan, Anaheim Ducks


Bobby Ryan

#9 / Right Wing / Anaheim Ducks

6-2

208

Mar 17, 1987



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2009 - Bobby Ryan 40 19 15 34 4 20 7 0 2 0 130 14.6

 

Paul Stastny, Colorado Avalanche


Paul Stastny

#26 / Center / Colorado Avalanche

6-0

205

Dec 27, 1985



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2009 - Paul Stastny 42 9 30 39 7 22 3 0 1 0 90 10.0


Looking at the roster a bit, I turn to Dan Myers over at This is the WCHA:

In all, 10 of the 23 members of the U.S. Olympic team played college hockey at a WCHA school.

The 10 selections for the WCHA was far more than any other conference. The CCHA is second with four players, Hockey East has three and the ECAC has one. Overall, 18 of the 23 players on Team USA's roster played college hockey at some point.

Location wise, Minnesota, Michigan and New York all have five natives playing for Team USA. Wisconsin has three players, Connecticut has two and Missouri, New Jersey and Pennsylvania each has one.

So there are five guys on the roster from Minnesota, giving us at Hockey Wilderness at least some reason to stay interested.

As for Nathan's picks yesterday?

Two out of three goalies isn't too bad, and he did say it would likely be Quick over Howard, so I'll give him credit for 2 1/2.

Three out of seven on the defensemen is a bit painful. Nathan did mention that leaving Rafalski off of his list, and he did so for Goligoski, so no half credit here.

Nathan named six of thirteen forwards correctly, if I have my math correct. If we give him credit for later changing his mind on Stastny, he got 7 of 13. He did say this however:

I don't want Scott Gomez, Chris Drury, Doug Weight, Keith Tkachuk and Bill Guerin anywhere near Vancouver.

Well, Drury is on the team. Sorry, Nathan.

All total, Nathan named 11 correct players, and gained half credit for saying that Burke would choose Quick over Howard. 11 1/2 out of 23 is exactly 50%. Not bad in a guessing game, especially when Nathan looked to be trying to change things up, while Burke went with the safe choices. While 50% is still an F on most grading scales, I am going to give him and A for effort and creativity, balancing out the overall grade at about a C+, B-.

Besides, he guessed 11 more players that would make the roster than I did. So he has that.

Personally, I don't feel the US of A has much of a shot this year. Canada and Russia and loaded, as are the Finns. Unless Eruzione is coming out of retirement and Herbie is coming back from beyond to coach, I think they make the medal round, but no way they actually go much further than that.

What say you Wilderness? Like the team? Hate it? Who did they miss on? Biggest surprise? Biggest snub?

-Buddha