Wednesday, April 9, 2008

The Stars and Stripes are keeping it young

Yesterday, it was Team Canada releasing their partial roster for the WC. Today, it was Team USA's turn.

The list has 17 players, with an average of only 23.9 years. That being said, nine of these players have previous WC experience.

Pat Kane (CHI)
Peter Mueller (PHO)
David Backes (STL)
Lee Stempniak (STL)
Dustin Brown (LAK)
Patrick O'Sullivan (LAK)
Jeff Halpern (TBL)
Drew Stafford (BUF)
Dustin Byfuglien (CHI)
Jason Pominville (BUF)
Paul Gaustad (BUF)
David Booth (BUF)

Tom Gilbert (EDM)
Keith Ballard (PHO)
Matt Greene (EDM)
James Wisniewski (CHI)

Craig Anderson (FLA)

The one thing that made me look twice at the roster was the addition of Jason Pominville, who's from Repentigny, Quebec. I didn't know he was a dual citizen...

The Americans will play a pre-tournament game in Portland, ME on April 27th before heading to Halifax and playing the Latvians on May 2nd.


Stoosh said...

Thank God USA Hockey is finally starting to wise up and hand the keys to the kids.

Ashley said...

Yep, that's definitely the way to go, especially with Vancouver 2010 around the corner.

My guess is that this will be a tune up for the American and Canadian to develop a little chemistry and for their respective GMs to get a peek at what their Olympic teams may look like.

Stoosh said...

I have to admit, I like what I see of this American team.

Kane, Mueller, Brown, O'Sullivan, Booth and "Welcome to" Pominville will provide some decent offense. The defense is a little bit on the underwhelming side, but they've certainly fielded worse.

And I hope we can do better than Craig Anderson in net.

This is a good group to start with, and I'm sure some other names will be added as teams fall out of the playoffs.

I still can't wait to see Canada in 2010 with Sid.

Jeff K said...

Nice roster of youngsters. I really have to make plans to go to Vancouver in '10. Anyone have a room to rent?

Too bad I'm going to Maine NEXT weekend, otherwise I'd try to catch that game at the CCCC . . .