Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy tries to predict the 2014 US Olympic team and says Ryan McDonagh could find himself on the outside looking in…
"I'm a little gutted to leave out a number of very good young defensemen, including Ryan McDonagh and American Hero John Carlson, but they've got plenty of Olympics ahead of them."
Here is Lambert's expected defensive corps…
Ryan Suter – Kevin Shattenkirk
Keith Yandle – Dustin Byfuglien
Paul Martin – Justin Faulk
…obviously, I'm going to be biased, but I'm taking McDonagh over Martin and Faulk all day. Not sure how Lambert can talk about leaving McDonagh out because he's got plenty of Olympics ahead of him, but then insert the youngster Faulk who's numbers are very similar to McDonagh's but has zero playoff experience. And while Martin has the experience over McDonagh, the Rangers defenseman has better numbers across the board.
Lambert does redeem himself by stating Ryan Callahan should be a returning member of the team.
Meanwhile, Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy did a far superior job predicting Team Canada stating Rick Nash and Marc Staal should be members.
Here's his thought process on Staal…
"It's for that same reason that Marc Staal gets the nod as my extra defender. He's already going to be in the mix, since he's big and strong and crazy skilled, but the fact that he's a lefty gives him the edge."
…if you're a member of Team Canada's Olympic squad that's impressive. So even if Staal is only the extra defender and doesn't get much PT, he should still be proud. Can't expect him to be playing over guys like Drew Doughty, Shea Weber, Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook.