Sunday, August 16, 2009

Yinz ready for camp?

The US Men's Olympic Team orientation camp starts tomorrow so I thought I'd run through some of the guys who will probably make the roster.


Brooks Orpik: We all know Free Candy is awesome. He was even named an alternate captain while Gonch was out with his shoulder injury. He is a stay-at-home defensive defenseman which I think is important. We don't need every defensive guy scoring goals from the blue line. We need to protect our own net. Orpik isn't afraid to dish out the hits, usually accumulating a lot of penalty time, but who cares?

Rob Scuderi: It's no secret I am a big fan of Scuds and was disappointed when he left the Pens for LA. Naturally I think he deserves a spot on the roster because he is "The Piece." Last time checked the Winter Olympics website, he was still listed as being with Pittsburgh so damnit, just for the hell of it, I'm going to count him as one! Scuds has proven himself as a great defenseman and no one will ever forget his amazing saves at the end of Game 6 in this year's SCF.

Scuderi being a BAMF

Erik Johnson: He's young and pretty talented. He was drafted 1st overall back in 2006 by the Blues. He was injured this year and missed most of the season. Don't know if he's recovered enough to be on the roster or not, but if he is, he'll be an asset. Team USA is going to need all the help they can get since a certain Canucks player is going around making promises of beating Canada...

Ryan Whitney: Ryan is more of an offensive defenseman. Kind of only mentioning him because he used to play for the Pens. I'm glad we traded him and picked up Chris Kunitz (who's been great on Sid's line) and promising prospect Eric Tangradi (who you know I am pushing for from older posts.)


TJ Oshie: Oshie plays for the Blues as well as a right winger. This kid is fast and a fan favorite. I don't really follow the Blues so I don't know too much about him, but I know he's got a lot of energy and Team USA could really use the youth he brings to the table.

Patrick Kane: Of couse our favorite felon has to be mentioned. Kane is young and talented and not afraid to drop the gloves off the ice.
He was also picked 1st overall, but in the 2007 NHL draft. He's a great addition to the team and a reason why the Blackhawks are becoming a stronger contender for the Cup.


Team USA is being coached by Ron Wilson.

Things to note: Neither Bobby Scuds or Orpik have played in an Olympics before so this is really exciting to see them get their chance at making the team. I know they're not in for sure yet, but I know that they would dominate on D.

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