Hello everyone. Today I’m starting a series covering Ranger players representing their respective countries. Today I’m covering Team USA.
Let’s look through this player by player.
Ryan Callahan- The Rangers captain is almost certain to get an Olympic invitation in my view. He’d fill a niche for the squad that I don’t think most other players can fill. He’d be asked to kill penalties and shut down the other countries best lines. Him and David Backes are likely to be on the same line together and that’s a pairing I’d love to see in action.
Callahan I think will even get an assistant’s captain nod and should be sporting the A come time for the tournament.
Ryan McDonagh- McDonagh is a player I think that should be a lock for the tournament as well. Team USA is having massive changeover on defense, and now the torch is being passed to McDonagh as well as players like John Carlson, Keith Yandle, and Kevin Shattenkirk.
Derek Stepan- I really like Stepan and I think he’s come a long way since joining the Rangers in 2010. I think since players like Chris Dury, Jamie Langenbrunner, and Ryan Malone are unlikely return Stepan has pretty good odds to make the team so long as he picks up where he left off last season.
Stepan is fighting for a spot on the team against players like James Van Riemsdyk, TJ Oshie, Max Pacioretty, and Alex Galchenyuk (gutsy pick on my part I know).
The Outside Selections- Chris Kreider, JT Miller, and John Moore. All three of these guys have less than a 5% chance of making it. No matter how good of seasons they have up until January, I think they’d all be very outside the box selections to make it. I’m not really a fan of Jack Johnson, Brooks Orpik, or Paul Martin, all of whom have decent odds to make the team, I just don’t see Team USA selecting John Moore (even though I really fancy Moore).
All of these players though could be in the running come 2018 though.
Tune in tomorrow for when I look at potential NYR representation for Team Canada.
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