The last nation to release their Olympic Roster, Team USA had a few surprises on the roster, and is one of the youngest rosters in the tournament. Brian Burke and Ron Wilson haven’t had much success in Toronto this season, but they’ll be hoping for some different results in Vancouver.
Goalies Ryan Miller: In what is probably the strongest facet of Team USA, Miller stands out as the most talented. Miller is the sole reason the Sabres are in first place in the Northeast Division, with a 2.04 GAA and 25 wins already this season.
Tim Thomas: Last year’s Vezina winner has struggled this year, winning only 12 games so far. Surprisingly, he may be the 3rd man on the depth chart.
Jonathan Quick: Much like Miller has been the reason for Buffalo’s success, Quick has given the Kings the stable goaltending they have long needed to be a playoff-caliber team.
Defensemen Erik Johnson: The first overall pick from 2006 has quickly developed into a bluechip defender for the Blues. With 22 points already this season, Johnson is showing no signs of ill effect after missing last year with a broken leg.
Jack Johnson: Much like Erik, Jack is showing he has what it takes to be a top level defender in the NHL. Whether that translates into success at the senior international level, time will only tell.
Mike Komisarek. Not having the greatest of seasons by his standards, Komisarek is very physical and is already familiar with Wilson’s coaching style from playing under him in Toronto.
Paul Martin: Martin is a very capable defenseman who contributes offensively as well. Has missed all but 9 games this season with a broken arm.
Brooks Orpik: Fresh off a Stanley Cup win in Pittsburgh, one of the league’s perennial leader in hits makes his Olympic debut. Orpik gives the Americans even more of a physical presence than Komisarek, with less of the liability in his own end.
Brian Rafalski: A no-brainer, Rafalski has long been one of the most successful puck-moving defenders in the league. Contributes at both ends of the rink, evidenced by his 59 points with Detroit last year.
Ryan Suter: Yet another young face on the blueline, Suter is one of the more underrated defenders in the league, due to the fact that he plays in Nashville. The former 7th overall pick from 2003 will be looking to change that in Vancouver.
Forwards David Backes: Coming off his first 50+ point season in St. Louis, Backes is a big, physical power forward that fits exactly what Brian Burke is looking for.
Dustin Brown: The young captain of the Kings is finally leading his team back into contention out West. While he isn’t the biggest offensive threat, he certainly needs to be taken into account, with at least 45 points in each of his last three seasons. He already has 10 goals and 30 points this year.
Ryan Callahan: A tough, physical winger that can contribute offensively while holding his own in the defensive end, Callahan will probably be called upon with Ryan Kesler to do the majority of the Americans’ penalty killing.
Chris Drury: One of the few true vets on this squad, Drury will likely have a shot at the captaincy. His offensive output isn’t what it used to be, but Drury’s still a great all around player.
Patrick Kane: Probably the most offensively gifted players the Americans have, the diminutive winger will have to be at the top of his game if the US wants to have any shot at a medal.
Ryan Kesler: A difference maker for the Canucks on defense and offense, Kesler is having a breakout season offensively, with 11 goals and 40 points already.
Phil Kessel: Kessel started the season strong, but has cooled as of late, with only 1 goal and 2 assists in his past 12 games. Kessel will need to be better than that at the Olympics.
Jamie Langenbrunner: The Devils winger is another candidate for team captain, and continues to put up very impressive numbers offensively. Langenbrunner will be expected to provide veteran leadership for a team with 17 players under 30 years old.
Ryan Malone: Malone has absolutely explosive this season, with 19 goals and 36 points already for Tampa Bay. His previous career high in points was 51, with Pittsburgh in 2007-08.
Zach Parise: Like Kane, Parise is one of the top offensive talents on the club, with 45 points and a stellar +22 rating this year.
Joe Pavelski: Often overlooked in San Jose, Pavelski is a very capable center, that contributes all over the ice.
Bobby Ryan: Brian Burke picked this kid 2nd overall in 2005, so it’s no surprise that he’s on the squad. He’s currently 9th in the league with 20 goals.
Roster depth: Fair Medal chances: Fair