The Roster for Team USA was announced today and three of our beloved Rangers will be representing America. Ryan Callahan, Ryan McDonagh, and Derek Stepan have all been named to the team.
For Callahan, this is a second chance at gold. Four years ago, Callahan competed for Team USA in Vancouver 2010. The 2010 Olympics yielded a silver medal for team USA as they finished second behind Team Canada.
Callahan is one of thirteen players, on the twenty-five man roster, returning to the team from 2010. It seems as though half the team may be out for glory and have unfinished business to attend to this time around.
Since bringing home his silver medal, Callahan has suffered several injuries. Most recently, he has been sidelined with a knee injury. Before that he had a broken thumb which occurred shortly after his return from shoulder surgery. Evidently, his current injury did not keep him out of the Team USA discussions.
Averaging nearly twenty-five minutes of ice time per game, McDonagh will be a very strong asset to the team. In the last five games, McDonagh has proven he is capable of playing over twenty-five minutes per game on a regular basis.
In his last four games, McDonagh has logged nearly thirty minutes of ice team in each outing. His time between games was one night for the last three games while the first of the four games occurred just before the Christmas break.
Derek Stepan may be considered the dark horse of the team. A slow start to this season after his contract negotiations kept him off the ice, left many wondering if he would make the team.
The questions circulated as to whether Team USA would want to have an extra play maker or an extra scoring threat to travel with the team; the former was chosen.
Stepan has been listed as an extra forward behind centers, David Bakes, Ryan Kessler, Joe Pavelsky, and Paul Stasny. Perhaps Stepan’s versatility to play as a center or left-wing comfortably are what pushed him over the edge as a choice on the team.
Good luck to our boys in their endeavor to Socchi, Russia!