When the USA roster for the 2014 Olympic games in Sochi, Russia was announced following the Winter Classic articles from Scott Burnside of ESPN.com and Kevin Allen of USA Today that detailed how Team USA was selected were posted.
- In the first meeting, back in it is determined that Stepan is pretty much a lock to make the team. (Burnside)
- In a meeting two weeks into the season, GM David Poile has Stepan in the mix but wonders about how he will react to missing training camp. (Burnside)
- In a meeting two months into the season, the fears on Stepan have subsided and he is currently “on fire.” The decision is made that they will go with five centers and Stepan will be one of them. (Burnside)
- At the GM Meetings in November and at the Board of Governors meetings in Deeember, Stepan is one of 12 forwards who have locked up spots. (Burnside)
- In a meeting a week after the Board of Governors, for the first time Stepan’s spot on the team is questioned because of his poor season. The need for five centers keeps Stepan on the team. (Burnside)
- In one of the final meetings, it is wondered if Brandon Dubinsky should make the team over Stepan. There is a nine person vote and Stepan wins it 6-3 because the committee thinks he can add more offense if one of the top four centers get hurt. (USA Today)
- A lock to make the team from the very first meeting. Only question is who he will be paired with. (Burnside and USA Today)
- A lock from the first meeting and a lock even through his injuries. (Burnside and USA Today)
- Throughout the process he moves up through the lineup and even onto Team USA’s second line. (Burnside)
Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun also discussed how each player would factor into the Team USA lineup (ESPN.com)
- Scott Burnside says that McDonagh will be the defensive anchor of the second pair and will see a lot of time against top offensive players.
- Pierre LeBrun says that McDonagh could be the player who emerges in Sochi and “steals the show.” He adds that McDonagh can “do it all” and is a “future Norris Trophy winner.”
- LeBrun says that Callahan will be relied on heavily in penalty killing and late game situations for Team USA, “one of the game’s hardest working players.”
- Burnside says that Callahan can be moved up and down the USA lineup.
- Burnside says that Stepan is the fifth center and if he plays he will be in a PK role and asked to add some offense.