Here's the roster for the U.S. Men's Olympic Team, as feverishly copied down by me after the Winter Classic (Bruins won 2-1 in OT, awesome):
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Friday, January 1, 2010
Forwards: David Backes;Dustin Brown; Ryan Callahan; Chris Drury; Patrick Kane; Ryan Kesler; Phil Kessel; Jamie Langenbrunner; Ryan Malone; Zach Parise; Joe Pavelski; Bobby Ryan; Paul Stasny
For Isles fans, notably, young RW Kyle Okposo was left off the list (which I won't comment on, seeing as that's a touchy subject for me =P); Chris Drury, however, in spite of his -7 and grand total of 14 points so far this season, will be headed to Vancouver, as will be Ryan Callahan with his 19 points and -11. Here's to hoping they, as well as the others on this list, will bring a lot to the table. Here's one thing I have to say: There is certainly youth and speed here. Zach Parise is a strong choice, as of course is Patrick Kane. We'll see how the offense turns out, I guess.
Defense: Eric Johnson; Jack Johnson; Mike Komisarek; Paul Martin; Brooks Orpik; Brian Rafalski; Ryan Suter
Komisarek's somewhat of a question mark, but I suppose you don't question Burke's methods.
Goal: Ryan Miller; Jonathan Quick; Tim Thomas
Best bet in goal? In my opinion, Ryan Miller. A well-deserved bid to the Olympics for him. Thomas is good when he doesn't let his temper get in the way; Quick, I don't know much about, but I'm not too sure. At any rate, congrats to everyone added.
P.S. With Okposo left off the roster, Mark Streit is our lone Islander headed to Vancouver for the Olympics. Congrats to him; that gives the other guys a chance to rest up a bit and regroup for the rest of the season.