Jan 29, 2014; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Chicago Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad (20) scores against Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo (1) (not pictured) during the second period at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports
The 2014 NHL year kicked off with the Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs. After the game USA hockey announced their Olympic roster. Blackhawks fans had three potential USA Olympians. Patrick Kane, Brandon Saad, and Nick Leddy were the hopefuls. After all the names were listed, there was one Blackhawks player selected. As everyone knows Patrick Kane was the lone Blackhawks player selected. No disrespect to Nick Leddy but he never really had a chance to make this team.
After that selection Brandon Saad joined the list of Olympic Snubs. Saad like other snubs deserved to be on the roster. Saad would have given Team USA what he gives the Blackhawks every night. Saad bring speed, size, strength, and a scoring talent to the lineup. Saad has only been in the league two seasons and has ALREADY been a top six forward on the defending Stanley Cup Champions. Saad plays for the Blackhawks night in and night out. This season the Blackhawks are the only team to start the same four players every game. The four players are Brandon Saad, Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, and Patrick Sharp. Kane, Toews, and Sharp are all their respective Olympic teams while Saad is not.
In order for Saad to have made Team USA, there would have to be a player not on it. That player would be Ryan Callahan. While Saad is having his best season; He has 17 goals and 22 assists on the season. Callahan is struggling this season, mainly due to injury. Callahan has 9 goals and 11 assists on the season. Callahan has missed 17 NHL games this season with a variety of injuries. Callahan was a part of the 2010 Winter Olympic team, but that doesn’t mean he should have been selected to this Olympic team. The numbers don’t lie Saad is having a better season. With the Olympics being a tournament, you would like think that Team USA would pick the hotter player currently. I think Ryan Miller’s play in the 2010 Olympics should have jogged the Team USA’s memory.
To quote Howard Beale from Network, “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore”! It is not Callahan fault he was selected for Team USA. It is the fault of Team USA Hockey President Brian Burke. Brian Burke obviously knows how to building a winning team. I mean Burke has done such a great job with the Calgary Flames, why shouldn’t I be mad Saad isn’t on the team? We clearly should trust his judgment on evaluating talent, I mean he is so candid with his thoughts on players just ask Bobby Ryan.
Alright as you can tell, I’m still upset about Saad not making Team USA. I will pose the question to you:
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