Team USA names Olympic hockey roster
Well here's the list of guys going to Turin for the United States.
Before I give you my patented brand of analysis, here are the differences between two other Team USA projected teams I had given earlier: The Hockey News' picks and the performance-based team.
THN: Ryan Miller, Leetch, Martin, Dustin Brown, Connolly, Halpern, Langenbrunner
Actual team: Grahame, Aaron Miller, Liles, Jason Blake, Gomez, Parrish, Weight
Performance-based: Mike Morrison, Mara, Corvo, Preissing, Bates, Connolly, Amonte
Actual team: Esche, Chelios, Leopold, Aaron Miller, Drury, Parrish, Tkachuk
In all, there aren't really a ton of differences, which should speak to the fact that many players were shoe-ins to be on the team.
The lines, I think, should break down something like this:
Knuble - Gomez - Gionta
Cole - Conroy - Guerin
Blake - Weight - Drury
Schneider - Chelios
Hatcher - Rafalski
Liles - Miller
What do I think? Well, it's surprising to see great players like Paul Mara, Jeff Halpern and Jamie Langenbrunner not on the club, but I can't think of anyone to move out in their place.
The decision to take Chelios and not Leetch is an interesting one, as Leetch surely has more mobility (as he always did), but the USA brass did a nice job of getting in the guys who deserved to be there (Cole, Gionta, Gomez, Blake) and still keeping some of the oldies who are playing well (Modano, Guerin, Weight, Tkachuk).
In some of the names above that didn't make the team, you can see the future of the Americans: Halpern, Brown, Tom Preissing, Joe Corvo, Tim Connolly and Prime Minister Paul Martin. Although, as I look at that list, Corvo's history may mean he never plays on the team.