With the World Cup of Hockey less than three weeks away, it is officially time to start covering and getting excited for the beginning of this “best-on-best” tournament. In what will be the first of three articles posted every Wednesday before the tournament begins on September 17th, this first article will cover line projections for each country.

While other teams boast more speed and skill, Team USA will rely heavily on physical along the board play, and high hockey IQ. They will need to have instant chemistry amongst their lines if they want to compete with Canada in the group stage and have a chance to advance to the semifinals.

 

Goaltender:

Jonathan Quick

Ben Bishop

Cory Schneider

In what should be a difficult decision because of the caliber of all three starting goaltenders on the Team USA roster, Quick gets the nod for Game 1 because of his prior outstanding work for Team USA.

 

Defense:

Ryan McDonagh – John Carlson

Ryan Suter – Dustin Byfuglien

Jack Johnson – Matt Niskanen

Extra: Erik Johnson

It will be interesting to see if head coach John Tortorella wants to pair his left-handed defensemen with his right-handed defensemen. If he chooses to do so, look for these to be the defensive pairings for Team USA. If not look for Niskanen and Carlson to pair together due to the chemistry they surely have developed playing for the Washington Capitals.

 

Forwards:

Zach Parise – Ryan Kesler – Patrick Kane

Max Pacioretty – Joe Pavelski – T.J. Oshie

James van Riemsdyk – Derek Stepan – Blake Wheeler

Justin Abdelkader – Brandon Dubinsky – David Backes

Extra: Kyle Palmeiri

Scratching Kyle Palmeiri is highly questionable considering Team USA already lacks the scoring prowess of most other teams in the tournament. Most of their scoring will have to come from the first two lines and their powerplay, and they are going to need to win 2-1 games. However, seeing that Justin Abdelkader made the initial roster of 16, it seems to me that the management of Team USA is ready to win low scoring, tight checking games like these.

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NHL Department Head , Armchair All-Americans, LLC
My name is Trevor Goldstein and I am the most typical kid in the world. I was born and raised in the Bay Area. Now I go to The Ohio State University where I am majoring in Sports Industry. I love my Buckeyes, but I also love my Niners, Sharks, Giants, and Warriors. I spend my free time watching sports as well as my studying time watching sports. I even spend some valuable sleeping time watching sports as West Coast teams don’t start playing their home games until 10:30 ET. I can have a conversation about all 122 major sports teams with knowledgeable fans from each of those teams. I can do the same for college sports . I love the Olympics. Steph Curry is my favorite athlete. I’m still a Tiger Woods fan and believer. During the Sochi Olympics, I woke up at 4:30 each gameday morning to watch USA hockey. The best sports moment ever was the 1980 US Men’s Hockey Team (I’ve seen Miracle probably more than 50 times). The best of my lifetime was the swimming events in the Beijing Olympics with Michael Phelps. Ian Darke is a great commentator. Oh, and I won Band Nerd Award during my senior year in high school. Okay, maybe I’m not all that typical but sports are my life and writing about them will only allow me to further procrastinate doing my boring homework.
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