Team USA: Band of Misfits 

The winter Olympic team for USA has been released. The roster is full of old players, young players, and players that play over seas. To look at the team here’s the link:http://teamusa.usahockey.com/page/show/3858372-2018-owg-u-s-men-s-roster#

This year’s winter Olympics is the first in a long while that won’t include NHL players. All the European leagues including KHL players will be able to participate. Also some younger players in the collegiate level and some AHL players.

Forwards

Mark Arcobello

Arcobello should be a familiar name as he played for the Penguins before. He was a journeyman in the NHL. But since going to Europe he’s flourished as a great scorer.

Chris Bourque

Bourque is an AHL star for the Hershey Bears. He has been in the AHL and KHL for almost all of his career. He has flourished throughout his career and currently has 30 points in 24 AHL games.

Bobby Butler

Another journeyman who spent a lot of time in the AHL and KHL. He provides depth but not a ton of scoring ability.

Ryan Donato 

He is one of the youngest players on the team at only 21 years of age. He is currently playing at Harvard in which he’s enjoying a good career there thus far. He had 40 points over 36 games last year and has 15 points over 10 games this year.

Brian Gionta (C)

Gionta is the captain of this team. He provides leadership, experience, and an NHL caliber scorer. He hasn’t played hockey since he played with the Sabers last season. He scored 35 points over 82 games that year. He will add scoring depth to this team.

Jordan Greenway

Another young player at only 20 years old he had a great world juniors with team USA last year getting 8 points in 7 games. He is currently playing at Boston College where he has 68 points over 93 games.

Chad Kolarik 

He has been moving from league to league over in Europe. He currently plays in the DEL for the Adler Mannheim. He has played in 73 games for them in which he has 62 points.

Broc Little 

Another league changer over in Europe. He’s changed teams going from the AHL over to Europe recently. In the last 3 years in Europe he’s recorded 114 points in 123 games.

John McCarthy 

He is a AHL forward for the San Jose Barracuda. In the past 3 years for them he has 88 points in 159 games played. He will provide some scoring depth to the team.

Brian O’Neill 

He went from an AHL player to the KHL over the past few years. He has played for Jokerit (KHL) for the last 2 seasons. He has 59 points in 82 games played for them.

Garrett Roe

He currently plays in the NLA for the EV Zug in which he has 31 points in 25 games. The two seasons before that he played in the SHL in which he recorded 78 points in 90 games played. Roe adds some good scoring ability to the team.

Jim Slater

He was in the NHL for 8 seasons playing for the Thrashers and the Jets until he went over to the NLA. During his time in the NHL, he recorded 99 points in 439 games. He’ll provide some depth to the team but not a ton of scoring ability.

Ryan Stoa 

He has played in the KHL for the past 4 seasons. He has recorded 116 points in 207 games. Another depth scoring forward for this team.

Troy Terry

Another 20 year old joins the team here. He has played for Denver University for the past 3 years. He currently has 53 points in 90 games played. But this year he has recorded 16 points in 14 games. So he’s really coming on so far this season.

Defense

Chad Billins

He adds good puck moving ability. He can score himself and help others score. He’s short at just 5’10” but can help as a lower pairing defenseman.

Johnathan Blum 

He’s played in the KHL for the past 3 years recording 70 points over 130 games. He adds great offense for a defenseman. He can really skate and move the puck. He’s one of the best defenseman.

Will Borgen 

Another youngster at 21 years of age, he currently plays at St. Cloud State at the collegiate level. He’s recorded 32 points in 83 games played. At 6-2 He adds some size to the blue line.

Matt Gilroy

He adds size at 6’2 and almost 200 lbs. He has been playing in the KHL for the past 3 seasons racking up 86 points over 166 games.

Ryan Gunderson 

He has been playing with the Brynas IF for the past 5 seasons. He has recorded 122 points over 186 points. Another fast moving guy standing at 5’10”, 174 pounds. He adds a offensive ability to the defense.

Bobby Sanguinetti 

He hasn’t played the past 2 seasons but he last played for the Rochester Americans in the AHL. He recorded 15 points over 40 games foir them. But he is wrecking ball at 6’3″, 190 lbs. He will add a physical aspect to the team.

Noah Welch

Currently playing over in Europe, this guy is a goon . You look up his penalty minutes and you see it. He recorded 100 in 52 games played in 2015. He plays very physical and why wouldn’t he. He crushes people since he’s 6’4″ 220 lbs.

James Wisniewski 

The name should look familiar as he played a lot in the NHL. He currently plays over in Europe and has 31 points in 19 games played. He adds experience and offensive skill to the blue line.

Goalie

Ryan Zapolski

He is currently the only goalie on the roster up to this point. He has played in the KHL for the past 2 seasons. Over 32 games this year, he has a .935 save percentage and a 1.68 goals against average. He has great numbers over his career playing in different European leagues. He has to be this teams best player.

Prediction

This team has some bright spots on it. They’ve got experience and depth. But the question is where are the “guys”. You know the star players. Who are the players you will count on most? I think that’ll be a lot of these Olympic teams questions going in. Team USA could challenge for a medal but this ain’t no miracle on ice. That is unless…..there is another miracle!

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