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U.S. men’s Olympic camp roster heavy on former college players

More than two-thirds of the players selected for the camp that will help select the 2014 U.S. men’s Olympic team come from college hockey roots.

Of 48 players named to the U.S. Men’s National Team Orientation Camp in August, 33 played in college.

Minnesota had seven former players chosen, with Wisconsin right behind at six. There are three ex-Michigan players; two players each from Boston College, Denver, Michigan State and North Dakota; and one each from Boston University, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota-Duluth, Minnesota State, New Hampshire, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Western Michigan.

Former Bowling Green player Dan Bylsma is the coach, while Tony Granato (Wisconsin), Peter Laviolette (Westfield State) and Todd Richards (Minnesota) are assistants.

Here are the former college players selected for the camp that will take place in Arlington, Va., on Aug. 26 and 27:

Goaltenders

Jimmy Howard, Maine
Ryan Miller, Michigan State
Jonathan Quick, Massachusetts
Cory Schneider, Boston College

Defensemen

Dan DeKeyser, Western Michigan
Justin Faulk, Minnesota-Duluth
Jake Gardiner, Wisconsin
Erik Johnson, Minnesota
Jack Johnson, Michigan
Nick Leddy, Minnesota
Paul Martin, Minnesota
Ryan McDonagh, Wisconsin
Brooks Orpik, Boston College
Kevin Shattenkirk, Boston University
Ryan Suter, Wisconsin
Jacob Trouba, Michigan

Forwards

Justin Abdelkader, Michigan State
David Backes, Minnesota State
Beau Bennett, Denver
Nick Bjugstad, Minnesota
Ryan Kesler, Ohio State
Phil Kessel, Minnesota
Kyle Okposo, Minnesota
T.J. Oshie, North Dakota
Max Pacioretty, Michigan
Kyle Palmieri, Notre Dame
Zach Parise, North Dakota
Joe Pavelski, Wisconsin
Craig Smith, Wisconsin
Paul Stastny, Denver
Derek Stepan, Wisconsin
James van Riemsdyk, New Hampshire
Blake Wheeler, Minnesota

For the full roster, click here.


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  • Zack Landwehr

    Nick Bjugstad? Seriously?

    • Sean Cosgrove

      Why not? He’s young, big and has good hands. Twenty four forwards were asked to camp. Can you name a few Americans who are significantly better?

      • Zack Landwehr

        Sure…Drew LeBlanc.

        • Sean Cosgrove

          Now we’re not really being serious. Bjugstad is 3 years younger, 5 inches taller, 20 pounds heavier and puts the puck in the net. He’s a much better prospect to play at the NHL level than LeBlanc. If I could place a wager with you, I would bet quite a bit that Bjugstad will have a more productive year than LeBlanc at the NHL and AHL level. Leblanc only scored about 10 goals/year vs. teams where the average age was 21. I don’t know how well he’s going to do against guys who are 26 and have better skills. I want him to do well, but Bjugstad definitely has more potential. Neither will make the roster this year however.

          • Zack Landwehr

            LeBlanc had 135 points in 4 years with SCSU (this is not counting the 10 games he had before he broke his leg…then it would be 147), and Bjugstad had 98 in 3 years at the U. Why not at least give him a shot?

          • Sean Cosgrove

            Because Bjugstad was probably the last forward that they chose and he’s a better prospect. 135 points in 161 games for a ratio of .839 points per game. Bjugstad had .899 points per game (98 points in 108 games). He’s younger, has better size and the majority of the points Bjugstad contributed were goals where LeBlanc contributed assists. LeBlanc is not a great finisher (only 40 of those 135 points were goals). Team USA is going to look for guys who could potentially play on the power play. LeBlanc could be a solid 2nd liner, because he doesn’t have the size to be a power forward and he’s not great as a goal scorer.