With the bigger ice surface in Russia, that sentiment definitely helped to shape the roster. Some notable omissions from the roster included Bobby Ryan and Keith Yandle.
Despite no Devils making the roster, the state of New Jersey will be represented by two players; John Carlson of the Capitals (Colonia, NJ) and James Van Riemsdyk of the Maple Leafs (Middletown, NJ)
The New York Rangers will be well represented, as Captain Ryan Callahan, Derek Stepan and Ryan McDonagh will all skate for the red, white and blue in Sochi.
Forwards (14): David Backes, Dustin Brown, Ryan Callahan, Patrick Kane, Ryan Kesler, T.J Oshie, Max Pacioretty, Zach Parise, Joe Pavelski, Paul Stastny, Derek Stepan, Blake Wheeler, Phil Kessel, James Van Riemsdyk
Defensemen (8): John Carlson, Justin Faulk, Cam Fowler, Paul Martin, Ryan McDonagh, Brooks Orpik, Kevin Shattenkirk, Ryan Suter
Goalies (3): Ryan Miller, Jonathan Quick, Jimmy Howard
At first glance, the only thought that anyone should have about this roster is that there is talent all the way through. Between top-flight snipers, two-way players and tough defensemen, Team USA comes in to 2014 expecting to medal. With a deep, skilled team, full of elite scorers and grinders alike, Team USA will be looking to avenge their loss in the gold medal game to Canada in 2010.
Selecting this roster was certainly not easy. A team of players who didn't make the team would be a formidable bunch. While it's great to see so much talent on the roster, there are certainly questions.
Bobby Ryan, who also hails from the Garden State, failed to make the cut. Ryan, who was 18 goals and 18 assists seemed like a no-brainer. Instead, players like T.J Oshie and Derek Stepan made the cut.
The biggest snub from the roster was Keith Yandle. The puck-moving defenseman has 27 points (6 goals, 21 assists) for Phoenix this season. While Paul Martin has been better over the last year and a half with Pittsburgh, Yandle is a better all-around player.
Brooks Orpik and Martin certainly fit the mold though, because of their familarity with the head coach. Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma is the man behind the bench for Team USA.
In goal, the selection of Ryan Miller makes sense. He was sensational in 2010 and deserves another chance. As for Jonathan Quick, when healthy, I'd say he's the best US-born netminder. In this case, he wasn't exactly having a stellar season and he's just now returning from a long-term injury. How is he going to be in a little over a month? Jimmy Howard, like Quick, has been an excellent playoff performer, but his 2013-2014 numbers aren't all that great. With a 2.72 goals against and a .907 save percentage.
While the roster questions will always be there, the men selected to lace up the skates in Sochi should be right there playing for a medal.
Here are some projected line combinations:
Parise - Kesler - Kane
Kessel - Pavelski - Van Riemsdyk
Pacioretty - Backes - Wheeler
Callahan - Stepan - Oshie
Suter - Shattenkirk
McDonagh - Carlson
Orpik - Martin