Both of the goalies currently on the Buffalo Sabres roster have been invited to attend their countries’ Olympic camps, but while Jhonas Enroth would appear to be a lock not just to make Team Sweden, but to start as well, there is considerable doubt as to whether Buffalo’s starting goalie, Ryan Miller, will make the cut for Team USA.
Cue the dramatic music for a little friendly goalie competition!
I’m sure Miller fully believes he still has what it takes to mind the nets for Team USA, as he did in our country’s breath-taking run to the 2010 Olympic Gold Medal game against Team Canada, but his competition is pretty impressive, and at the age of 33 Miller is no spring chicken any more. To begin with, there is almost no universe, parallel or the one I currently reside in, in which Miller will beat out Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings. Quick is not just America’s best goalie today; he has been playing like the best goaltender on the planet as of late, so barring alien abduction or his defection to a Communist country, Quick will be on Team USA and will most likely be the starter.
After Quick comes Jimmy Howard of the Detroit Red Wings, and Craig Anderson of the Ottawa Senators. In order to make the final roster, Miller would have to beat out one of these two guys. Many people would probably identify Howard as the weak link here, but he has never gotten the credit he is due, in my opinion (except over at Puck Daddy, where he was actually handed the starting role over Jonathan Quick!). Anderson has been a beast lately, so I see him getting the nod over Miller, which means I do not feel Miller will make the final cut for Team USA. He’s better than Cory Schneider or the young kid, John Gibson, who was also invited to the camp, but in my humble opinion, Miller sadly will be watching the Olympics this year, not playing in them.
Maybe I just gave him the extra incentive he needs to play out-of-his-mind hockey this season! Anyway, I always love to hear your voice, so vote, and leave your comments below or @theamazingMrS.