After another thrilling Winter Classic was complete at the Big House in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the United States Olympic team was announced with Ryan Callahan, Ryan McDonagh all being named to the squad.
For the full roster, click here.
While Callahan and McDonagh were locks, there were some questions of whether Stepan had played himself off the team and it wasn't until the roster unveiling ceremony that the Rangers center found out he made the team...
"It's a great honor," offered Stepan. "I wasn't sure I was going to be there or not, and it's just something I am really grateful for...It was a pretty cool way to find out."
In a piece on how the U.S. Olympic roster was created, Scott Burnside at ESPN reports that there were some fleeting thoughts of leaving Stepan off the roster due to his struggles this season, but team management wanted five centers which all but guaranteed him a spot.
...as if I wasn't already going to be out of my mind pumped about rooting for Team USA, to now have three Rangers on the roster will be real special.
...i'm still not convinced Stepan will be automatically penciled into the line-up every game, but he'll get his fair share of playing time and I have sneaking suspicion he'll make a positive impact on the big stage. See Chris Drury in 2010.
...as far as McDonagh goes, I'm really looking forward to him dominating on the international stage. Could see him possibly paired with an offensive defenseman like Carlson.
...i think there's a strong chance Callahan gets a letter on his sweater. Probably not captain, but I could definitely see wearing an "A."
...while winning the gold is the #1 goal, keeping these three, along with the other Rangers lucky enough to participate in the Olympics, healthy is the number priority in my opinion as the Blueshirts can't afford to lose any of them to injury if they want to make a serious run at the Stanley Cup.
I found this link like a PhD in NHL hockey WISDOM.....WOW !
I think these are good choices. What I expected and am happy. Olympic's are a very short season obviously and whether Step plays or sits in the medal round is up to him really if he plays hard and wants it enough. yeah, injuries are a risk but also the Olympic stage can jump start our cap't and young center which can carry over into Rangerland. I'm keeping my cup half full. Let's go USA
It's funny that for such a mediocre team, we're sending a minimum of 5 guys to Sochi, and maybe as many as 7 or 8.
U-S-A...U-S-A...U-S-A!!!! So 3 Rangers on the US Squad, 1 for sure on the Sweden squad with maybe Hags and Stralman as well, and then the hobbit on Norway. Rangers will certainly be well represented in this Olympics, except on the Canadian team.
@TheNYRBlog Can't deny how good he was in the WHJC. We'll see if he repeats that in Sochi.
Should be interesting. Mcdonaugh and Pacioretty on the same team. Does Mcdonaugh level Pacioretty in practice like Jack O'callahan did to Rob McClanahan in the movie Miracle??? Call it even. Nice hit O.C. lol
I agree with you on Stepan. In my mind, he's the 14th forward. The only reason he may get to dress as the 13th is if they would prefer to have a spare center on the bench just in case because unlike Canada, we have a bunch of wingers who can't play C (while they have a bunch of C who can play wing). Any chance we can make a trade with them? lol
Btw, did anyone else love how it seemed like Cally's IR status changed during every one of those meetings? I laughed at how that was always thrown in yet there was no talk of him not making the team. (Kind of how I laughed at people saying he wouldn't be on it...he was more of a lock than McDonagh and no way McD wasn't going.)
@TheNYRBlog I like it from the standpoint of them raising their game level to world class status. Should help their game upon return to NHL
From what I read it seems they built team USA based on assigned roles and didn't just take the top 25 best players. I think this will work out well if the players all know their roles. The biggest knock against Ryan (minus Burke's hate) is that he is one dimensional where everyone else has other skills. Just what I took from it.
@TheNYRBlog Bobby Ryan got jobbed..idk how that guy didnt make the team
Based on his play this season, Stepan should start as a healthy scratch. Considering this line from the NHL.com story, I suppose he was a lock all along: "Brandon Dubinsky and Nick Bonino are the top centers not to make the team."
@TheNYRBlog did not deserve it....ahead of Ryan , Pommeville , a couple of others. just like Martin , shattenkirk did not deserve. Oshie ?
@TheNYRBlog 4 years ago, I felt good about Miller as a goaltender for USA. Now I think goaltending may be our biggest weakness.
@Iron MikeWould have been fun to root for him again.
@gravey94 I think Stralman is an underrated DMan, and doesn't get a lot of credit. Hope to see him suit up for Sweden.
@gravey94 That's sad as some of the best players in the world are from Canada...
@Effinright Ahhh Pacioretty...... we could use a guy like THAT on our team.... I like the "Dale Hunter" type of player who plays hard, rugged and takes no prisoners. We play like a skilled girls hockey team... sure we win a few, but our team isn't that interesting to watch and we take a lot of shit from other teams that we should not.... The Rangers deserve to have a bit MORE SWAGGER!!!!!
@BroskieNation @TheNYRBlog Bobby Ryan is damn good, but does he play defense hard? I don't know, but his offensive game is very good, so it must be his D that was lacking?
@PATR2014@TheNYRBlogShattenkirk didn't deserve? He has 28 pts in 38 games, 5th overall for D-men. He's a +9, and is one of the most positionally sound defensemen in the league.
@PATR2014@TheNYRBlogRyan and Pominville are wingers. Stepan is a center.