Brian in MA wrote:
Somebody in Slovenia will be saying the same thing a week from now, big upset as they knock off Team USA in opening men's hockey game this morning.
It's really sad but I have ZERO interest in hockey in these Olympics. This isn't even like the 1980 games, or the games up to 1994, because at least there you had the best non-NHL talent in the world competing. This year you ahve some KHL talent and Canadian B-level players but for the US it's a couple of college kids then C-level talent playing overseas. It's the worst US team going back to the '60s, imo, and the worst Olympic field - relative to the hockey talent world-wide - ever.
And the most disappointing part is US Hockey has really taken a big step forward the last decade, their depth still isn't close to what Canada boasts but they have so much prime and young superstar talent that is really starting to close the gap just a bit on Canada. Matthews, Eichel, Gaudreau, McAvoy, Kane, Kessel, Boeser, Werenski, Suter, Quick, Gibson...it's a world-class roster that's incredibly young, and we don't get to see it compete against the best of Canada, Sweden, Russia etc because the NHL can't figure their shit out.