US World Cup Roster

Well the Canadian one started a discussion, so, why not have some views on this one?It’s going to be harder to choose players for this team, due to the lack of proven goaltending, the quality is there, but inexperience and inconsistency is bound to take its toll.

Goaltenders:

Mike Dunham – Most Capable of the bunch

Garth Snow/Rick Dipietro – toss up, i think one will be chosen.

Brian Boucher – Dont bite my head off for that one. He has international experience in juniors, see what he can do.

Defense:

Brian Rafalski

Brian Leetch

Derian Hatcher

Mathieu Schneider

Tom Poti

David Tanabe

Chris Chelios (come on…he’s always there)

Center:

Jeremy Roenick

Mike Modano

Doug Weight

Chris Drury

LW:

Keith Tkachuk

Mike York (plays center also)

RW:

Brett Hull

Bill Guerin

Tony Amonte

Adam Hall (add some youth, quality player)

I know what I have isn’t done. It’s really hard to find a good enough American LW. Help me out with that. We all know there’s going to be lots of surprises, just basically because the roster for this team is wide open.


62 Responses to US World Cup Roster

  1. Primis says:

    I did a prospective USA roster back on 11-30-03 on one of my other sites. Here was the list I came up with after some digging aroudn to try and find natural positions:

    G:

    Mike Dunham

    Rick Dipietro

    Brent Johnson

    (other fringe possiblilities: Ryan Miller, Garth Snow, Brian Boucher)

    D:

    Mathieu Schneider

    Brian Leetch

    Chris Chelios

    Tom Poti

    Brett Hedican

    Keith Carney

    Jeff Jillson

    (I totally spaced and forgot Derian Hatcher at the time because he’s been hurt, but he should be on there obviously bumping Jillson or Carney out. Fringe ones include David Tanabe, Paul Mara, Deron Quint)

    LW:

    Keith Tkachuk

    Adam Deadmarsh (if he’s healthy)

    Brian Smolinski

    Erik Cole

    Jason Blake

    (John Leclair, Bates Battaglia, Landon Wilson)

    C:

    Mike Modano

    Doug Weight

    Jeremy Roenick

    Chris Drury

    David Legwand

    (Todd Marchant, Tyler Arnason, Mike York, Brian Rolston, Scott Gomez).

    RW:

    Brett Hull

    Bill Guerin

    Tony Amonte

    Jamie Langenbrunner

    Trent Klatt

    (Mike Grier, Brian Holzinger, Mark Parrish, Dan Hinote, Jim Dowd, Mike Knuble).

    Now since then a couple things have changed in my mind. For one I wouldn’t even consider Deron Quint now, Boucher had that little shutout streak which caught everyone’s eyes, Brent Johnson’s been nowhere to be found, etc…

    Aside from that I chose this roster for a reason back then — it’s not necessarily 100% the best players, but more a roster of guys I’d think could work well together. A good mix of speed, skill, and tough play. This is a team that’d have to play a more-grinding North American style to hang in there with everyone but I think it’d work. A lot of the forwards I mentioned can also hit and play a hard game. And some of these guys are more guys that Find Ways to Make Things Happen as opposed to just being playmakers.

    Team USA would do well to stop and consider a couple guys lik Dan Hinote on their roster for this reason. Sometimes a 4th Line really does better as an acual 4th line than as a bunch of 1st- and 2nd-liners thrown together on a 4th unit.

    — Primis.

  2. Primis says:

    Tom Poti won’t be there for his defensive skills if he is. He’ll be there for size and offense — this version of Team USA’s blueline isn’t going to be as good at moving the puck as previous ones. So Poti has to be considered.

    Miller, Klee, Corvo… none of those guys fit that bill.

    — Primis.

  3. DohCanada says:

    As mentioned on the Canadian listing, 3 players from each team must be under the age of 22.

    Now they may not necessarily play, but it might be a great idea for the Americans to put Al Montoya between the pipes – this gives you one of your three, plus you really need goaltending. Now that would be a great story for American hockey!

  4. rojoke says:

    As far as the organization is concerned, this isn’t an NHL tourney, with NHL referees, the NHL rulebook etc. However, I think that they will be adhering to the IIHF rules regarding what nation you represent. I could be wrong on that, but I think that’s how they’re going to operate.

  5. rojoke says:

    I think Parise has a good shot to make the US team, even if it is just on the taxi squad. Mike Komisarek may also get a look, but I’d be surprised if any team chose to take a defenseman that young. I know they’d really have to stand out to get a shot, mainly because both the US and Canada are pretty deep at the blue line. Plus, a fourth line forward gets less ice time than a fifth or sixth defenseman.

    I’ll tell you one guy that should get a long look is Francis Bouillon. He was born in NYC, and although he’s only 5′ 8″, he doesn’t play like it. He’s listed as 194 lbs, but some of the media has said he’s been as high as 200. He’ll go into the corners, can rush the puck, and plays every second of every shift he gets.

  6. rojoke says:

    Here’s a couple of guys to consider for the US. Ty Conklin played great for Edmonton while Tommy Salo was hurt. Robert Esche has played well alongside Jeff Hackett in Philadlephia, although most Flyer fans seem to think they need an upgrade if the want to get deep into the playoffs. But the real guy to watch is John Grahame, who may be the number one goalie in TB after the trade deadline passes. But I think that the tandem when the tournament opens will be Dunham and DiPietro.

  7. ManillaKilla says:

    I would rather give Montoya’s spot to Ryan Miller.

  8. RichterFan says:

    I agree but doesn’t he have to be in the NHL? but if not you have to bring him in.

  9. TC_4 says:

    Yeah, I forgot about Komisarek, and Hainsey. Also, I don’t think he is, but Jeff Jillson MAY still be only 22 by then as well, but I don’t believe so. Still, he’s a guy that may get a look anyways(6’3, 220 and mobile. He’s played well this season).

  10. NJDKev47 says:

    I think Jamie Langennbrunner has earned a spot on this team. He has played very well for the Devils since the beginning of last season. He’s damn good on the PP and the PK for the Devs and was the most important memeber in their playoff run last year not named Brodeur. And if you’re desprate for a winger, just look for wee Brian Gionta.

  11. CaptainSack35 says:

    You definitely carry three goaltenders… here’s my opinion on the roster:

    Goalies:

    Mike Dunham

    John Grahame

    Brent Johnson

    (Rick DiPietro is another possibility, if he plays more… and Brian Boucher, if he shows consistency)

    Defensemen:

    Brian Leetch

    Brian Rafalski

    Chris Chelios

    Derian Hatcher

    Bret Hedican

    Keith Carney

    Jeff Jillson

    (Hall Gill, David Tenabe and *gulp* Tom Poti are other options)

    Forwards:

    Mike Modano

    Keith Tkachuk

    Jeremy Roenick

    Brett Hull

    Adam Deadmarsh

    John LeClair

    Bill Guerin

    Tony Amonte

    Doug Weight

    Mike York

    Chris Drury

    Steve Konowalchuk

    Jason Blake

    Brian Rolston

    (Erik Cole, Todd Marchant, Scott Gomez, Jamie Langenbrunner, Mark Parrish, Dan Hinote, Mike Knuble are good other options)

    That’s what I think.

  12. OttawaUhockeyfan says:

    As always the Americans will have a powerful team, and i think their defense should not be underestimated.

    Centers

    Mike Modano

    Jeremy Roenick

    Doug Weight

    Brian Rolston

    Left Wing

    Keith Tkachuk

    Chris Drury

    Steve Konowalchuk

    John Leclair

    Right Wing

    Tony Amonte

    Brett Hull

    Bill Guerin

    Jamie Langenbrunner

    Defense

    Aaron Miller

    Brian Leetch

    Derian Hatcher

    Brian Rafalski

    Keith Carney

    Mathieu Schneider

    Goalies

    Rick Dipietro

    Mike Dunham

    Ryan Miller

    For the goalies i think a young guy like Ryan Miller who is supposed to be a good blue-chip prospect for Buffalo could make that team.

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