4:03PM: At the Rangers website, Poile said that McDonagh has played “really well” the last few years, that the reports on him continue to be positive and “I’m confident that he has an excellent chance of being on the team.”
2:29PM: Predators GM David Poile is the GM for Team USA at the Olympics and he spoke with the media earlier today about some of the Rangers who could make the team.
Poile told Andrew Gross that Derek Stepan and Ryan McDonagh are very strong prospects for Team USA and that Chris Kreider will continue to be scouted.
Ryan Callahan is pretty much a lock for Team USA and part of the USA leadership group.
1:33PM: At ESPN.com, Pierre Lebrun and Scott Burnside break down how they think the roster for Team USA at the Olympics will shake out.
Burnside has three Rangers as “locks,” Ryan Callahan, Ryan McDonagh and Derek Stepan.
LeBrun has McDonagh and Callahan as locks and Stepan as “looking good.” LeBrun also has Chris Krieder as a player who is on the outside looking in.
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The roster will be announced on 1/1 at the Winter Classic in Michigan.
At NHL.com, Adam Kimelman wonders what kind of impact the broken thumb Ryan Callahan suffered against the Capitals will have on his Olympic chances.
Callahan will be out for 3-4 weeks and has the potential of missing up to 12 games during that time.
Kimelman notes even if Callahan misses the entire 4 weeks, and returns in mid-November he will still have upwards of 15 games to solidify his spot.
He notes that Callahan’s spot on the roster isn’t really in jeopardy and that he is likely to fill the role of third line RW behind Patrick Kane and Bobby Ryan.
Callahan is part of GM David Poile’s leadership group for Team USA.
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Corey Masisak, at NHL.com, looks at what could be Team USA’s roster in Sochi.
He notes that Ryan Callahan, likely slotted behind Patrick Kane and Phil Kessel at RW, could see himself on a line with Dustin Brown and David Backes. That line, he notes, would “not be a lot of fun to play against.”
Masisak says that Derek Stepan could end up as the number one center for Team USA and that Ryan McDonagh is a “burgeoning” star who could play a more offensive game with Alain Vigneault as head coach.
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At NHL.com , Dan Rosen looks at what could work in Marc Staal’s favor as he tries to make Team Canada for the 2014 Olympics.
Staal has noted that he is healthy and Rosen notes that the Rangers defenseman has “no doubts” he will be back to his old self when the season starts.
Rosen notes that Staal is a mobile/intelligent blue liner that could help Team Canada and more importantly he is a left handed shot where Canada is think.
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At NHL.com, Dan Rosen looks at potential players for Canada in 2014 and noted that GM Steve Yzerman mentioned Rick Nash when talking about the core leaders for Team Canada.
He has played for Canada in the last two Olympics and Rosen adds that Nash knows the big ice very well.
Nash played on big ice in 2006 in Turin and has played for Canada in the World Championships 4 times, including being the captain in 2011.
He also played a full season in Switzerland in 2004-05 during the lockout and spent half of last season in Switzerland as well.
Nash has 44 points in 34 games in World Championship play and 72 points in 66 Swiss games.
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2:05PM: Stephen Whyno of the CP has Nash as a “lock” and Staal is a “solid bet” to make the team.
11:27AM: TSN’s Panel predicted who would represent Canada at the 2014 Olympics and both Marc Staal and Rick Nash were included in their roster.
The choices were made based on the information that the panel, Bob McKenzie, Ray Ferraro, Darren Dreger and Pierre LeBrun, have on how they Hockey Canada wants to construct the roster.
They include Nash as one of their locks for forward and to play on a line with Jonathan Toews and Eric Staal.
On Staal, Bob McKenzie said “he deserves a lot of consideration. The question is if he is healthy and if he can he get back to the top of his game. Can he get back to playing the kind of hockey he has played on the big ice in the world juniors because his reduced vision. It’s x-factor for Team Canada but assuming he is healthy and can get back to the top of his game…left shot shut down guy…he should be on the team.
Ferraro and LeBrun agreed while Dreger added, “he is progressing well according to the Rangers and those close to him”
They have Staal on the second pairing with Shea Weber.
9:07AM: Michael Russo notes that USA GM David Poile has told his coaching staff that the USA leadership group consists of Zach Parise, Ryan Suter, Dustin Brown, David Backes and Ryan Callahan.
8:27AM: Craig Custance notes that former Rangers captain Chris Drury is at the camp to help out.
Drury was a member of the 2010 Silver Medal team.
8:33AM: At SI, Allain Muir looks at every player invited to the Team USA Olympic Camp this week.
On Ryan McDonagh, Muir says that McDonagh is the kind of player who will do whatever is needed to pick up the win. He says that McDonagh can start making his plans for Sochi.
Muir describes Ryan Callahan as someone who is “miserable” to play against and always has his motor set to high.
He says that Derek Stepan is a “lock” to make Team USA bu the big question will be how Dan Bylsma chooses to use him. Based on a lack of other options though, Stepan could end up being the number one center for Team USA.
Muir has Stepan centering the top line for Team USA with Zach Parise on his left and Patrick Kane on his right. He has Ryan Callahan on the third line with Max Pacioretty and Joe Pavelski.
Ryan McDonagh is on the third pair with Keith Yandle.
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During the Hockey Canada Olympic Press Conference, Pierre LeBrun asked Rick Nash about his experiences with Team Canada on the big ice surface in Europe.
Nash said, “I like the big ice. I find it’s not to much of a difference. Playing for Canada. we have had success at both. Like Sid said, it’s little things like angles. I have played a lot on the big ice and I enjoy it.
Nash spent part of the lockout season playing in Switzerland and played the entire 2004-05 season in Switzerland.
Nash has been looked as a likely candidate to make Canada’s team.
Other topics Nash touched on during the press conference:
- He knows former Oilers coach Ralph Krueger from his time in Switzerland. Krueger is an adviser to the Canada coaching staff due to his history coaching in Europe.
In his look at the players invited to Team Canada for this week’s Olympic Camp, Allan Muir writes at SI that Rick Nash is lucky he even got an invitation to the camp and that the value of his name brings more to the table than his game does now.
Muir says that Nash has always been looked at as a top-six forward for Canada but that he doesn’t do enough anymore.
On Marc Staal, Muir says that if there is any issue whatsoever with his eye, Staal won’t be part of Team Canada. If he is healthy though, the depth he can provide as well as his strength and reliability will put him in the mix for Canada’s defense.
At USA Today, Kevin Allen writes that Ryan Callahan and Ryan McDonagh are “locks” to make Team USA in 2014.
Allen says that Callahan’s ability to score and play a physical game will be needed and that McDonagh is part of a group with Ryan Suter and Jack Johnson who will form the core of Team USA’s defense.
He adds that Derek Stepan is one of four centers who will battle to center the top line for Team USA, along with Ryan Kesler, Paul Stastny and David Backes.
At the United States of Hockey, Chris Peters writes that McDonagh could be an even better player on the bigger ice, that Stepan may get shifted to wing and that Callahan would have to play himself out of a spot to not make the team.
Peters adds that McDonagh’s elite skating and closing speed will be very important for Team USA on the big ice.
David Poile, the GM of Team USA, said on a media conference call Ryan probably wasn’t known as well in 2010 and he might be the type of guy who fit the mold of what we were looking for in Vancouver. He has gotten better and better and now he is the captain of the Rangers and I am sure a big part of our team in Sochi.”