Following the terrific shootout finish to the Winter Classic game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings, Team USA unveiled their 2014 Olympic team roster. Colorado Avalanche center Paul Stastny was named to the 2014 team while teammate defenseman Erik Johnson was snubbed.
Paul Stastny has been off-and-on this season for the Colorado Avalanche, but is currently fourth on the team in points with 25. Stastny has played in 37 games, accumulating 11 goals and 14 assists. This will be Paul’s second-stint with the United States squad after achieving a silver medal in the 2010 Winter Games that was held in Vancouver, B.C. In the six games played, he would score a goal while adding two assists.
Meanwhile, defenseman Erik Johnson was left off of the Olympic roster. I personally thought it would be the other way around, Johnson making it and Stastny not. EJ has had a tremendous season up until this point, but his plus/minus has slipped due to the teams poor performance of late. Johnson currently has six goals and 11 assists, 17 points on the season; two of those goals were on the power-play. Here is the reasoning to how the USA squad was selected, featuring EJ:
But what about Erik Johnson, a veteran of 2010 and a member of a resurgent Colorado team? And more to the point, what is the makeup of this defensive group going to be? Will it be heavy on offense/skating ability or will there be a more traditional balance of skill/defensive dependability, which would favor Erik Johnson?
This is from Paul Holmgren:
Erik Johnson hasn’t met the expectations that come with a No. 1 overall draft pick, “but he’s come around,” Paul Holmgren says.
This coming from the Philadelphia Flyers general manager:
“I know everybody’s down on him after the World Championships, but he’s been nothing but good for Colorado,” the Philadelphia GM adds.
Here is the whole Team USA Roster:
Jonathan Quick: Los Angeles Kings
Ryan Miller: Buffalo Sabres
Jimmy Howard: Detroit Red Wings
Ryan Suter: Minnesota Wild
Ryan McDonagh: New York Rangers
Paul Martin: Pittsburgh Penguins
Brooks Orpik: Pittsburgh Penguins
Justin Faulk: Carolina Hurricanes
John Carlson: Washington Capitals
Kevin Shattenkirk: St. Louis Blues
Cam Fowler: Anaheim Ducks
Ryan Kesler: Vancouver Canucks
Dustin Brown: Los Angeles Kings
Patrick Kane: Chicago Blackhawks
David Backes: St. Louis Blues
T.J. Oshie: St. Louis Blues
Zach Parise: Minnesota Wilds
Joe Pavelski: San Jose Sharks
Phil Kessel: Toronto Maple Leafs
James van Riemsdyk: Toronto Maple Leafs
Derek Stepan: New York Rangers
Paul Stastny: Colorado Avalanche
Ryan Callahan: New York Rangers
Max Pacioretty: Montreal Canadiens
Blake Wheeler: Winnipeg Jets