After a disappointing end in Montreal last year, the United States of America are looking to rebound. USA Hockey overlooked a ton of good players, so with that matter what will team USA look like?
Team USA could’ve easlily have had the BEST roster in the tournament hands down. But leaving out countless top players such as 2015 Winnipeg Jets first rounders Kyle Connor and Jack Roslovic. Not to mention, Alex Tuch 2014 Wild first rounder, a player from last year’s squad wasn’t invited either. But in my opinion, the biggest omission, QMJHL leading scorer Conor Garland wasn’t invited either. Garland, the Moncton Wildcats star, has 70 points in 30 games. 70 IN 30.
Here’s my projected roster:
|AlexNedeljovic||Brendan Halverson||Tyler Parsons|
Even though Luke Opika and Tyler Parsons are having incredible seasons in the O, Alex Nedeljovic and Brendan Haleverson were on the team last season, and I think they already have spots. So that means the last spot is between Parsons and Opika. I choose Parsons, because since he’s draft eligible this season, he’ll need the experience for 2017.
|Zach Werenski||Brendan Carlo|
|Chad Krys||Ryan Collins|
|Casey Fitzgerald||Will Borgen|
|Brandon Fortunato||Charlie McAvoy|
Zach Werenski, Brendan Carlo, and Ryan Collins were returnees from the year before so they were my locks. Chad Krys, a projected first round pick in this seasons draft, I see him doing big things to up his draft stock.
|Sonny Milano||Auston Matthews||Nick Schmaltz|
|Matthew Tkachuk||Christan Dvorak||Alex DeBrincat|
|Colin White||Ryan MacInnis||Brock Boeser|
|Paul Bittner||Clayton Keller||Ryan Donato|
Even without all the players left out from camp, the Blue and Red still look dangerous. But just imagine adding those players, the States could easily get into the gold medal game. Led by Auston Matthews, who should be the #1 overall pick, will be crucial to the Americans’ success.
X-Factor: Alex DeBrincat
Erie Otters star Alex DeBrincat, is showing that he doesn’t need Connor McDavid to put up big points. He currently has 56 points in 30 games, with the Otters this season, and if he can continue what he’s doing, the United States could be biting gold come January.