By Jay Zawaski-
(CBS) — After Wednesday’s snowy Winter Classic wrapped up, USA Hockey announced their roster for the Sochi Olympic Games. Patrick Kane is the lone Blackhawk representative on the squad.
Winger Brandon Saad had an outside chance of making the team, but looking at the roster, it’s understandable that he was excluded this time around.
David Backes (STL), Dustin Brown (LAK), Ryan Callahan (NYR), Patrick Kane (CHI), Ryan Kesler (VAN), Phil Kessel (TOR), TJ Oshie (STL), Max Pacioretty (MTL), Zach Parise (MIN), Joe Pavelski (SJ), Paul Stasny (COL), Derek Stepan (NYR), Blake Wheeler (WPG), James van Riemsdyk (TOR)
John Carlson (WSH), Justin Faulk (CAR), Cam Fowler (ANA), Paul Martin (PIT), Brooks Orpik (PIT), Kevin Shattenkirk (STL), Ryan Suter (MIN)
Jimmy Howard (DET). Ryan Miller (BUF), Jonathan Quick (LAK)
The biggest surprise for me is the exclusion of Ottawa’s Bobby Ryan, who was an Olympian in the 2010 games in Vancouver. This season, Ryan has registered 18 goals and 18 assists, and has played very well. The only explanation is that he wouldn’t fit in the top 6, and can’t be counted on for the defensive game he’d be forced to play in a 3rd or 4th line role.
Bovada.lv has Team USA listed as 11/2 to win the gold medal, behind Canada (2/1), Russia (9/4), and Sweden (5/1).