Despite being the goaltender on the worst team in the NHL, Ryan Miller may be one of the best goaltenders in the league right now and he’s getting hot at just the right time. Team USA will officially name their roster for the 2014 Olympics on Wednesday after the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings square-off for the Winter Classic, and according to the latest report Ryan Miller will be named as one of the three netminders.
Joining Miller will be currently injured Jonathan Quick and in a surprising twist Jimmy Howard. With Miller’s track record from the last Olympics- carrying an underdog team USA to the gold medal game and his extremely strong play this season helping the Buffalo Sabres stay afloat in the NHL, there was little doubt that Miller would re-earn his spot for team USA.
Official announcement to come Wednesday, but expect USA Hockey goalies to be Jonathan Quick, Ryan Miller and #RedWings Jimmy Howard.
— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) December 29, 2013
In all likely hood the starting job will come down to a battle between Ryan Miller and Jonathan Quick- What holds more stock? A
Stanley Cup ring and a Conn Smythe or an Olympic silver medal and a Vezina? Right now one would think Miller has the upper hand just due to the fact that Quick is injured and will be out of the line-up till mid-January and could be a little rusty by the time the Olympics roll around.
While these three netminders have not been confirmed, Ben Bishop, Tim Thomas and Cory Schneider are just a few of the names who appear to have been snubbed despite strong play. There was a lot of support to make Ben Bishop the third goaltender over Howard as he has arguably been the best American goaltender in the NHL this season.
But team USA is reportedly looking for experience and strong play from not only the NHL but from previous stints with USA hockey and Ben Bishop does not have that experience.
Ryan Miller will look to improve on his silver medal finish from the 2010 Olympics as he looks to finally rid Sidney Crosby from his nightmares. The Buffalo Sabres may be the worst team in the NHL but they may have the starting goaltender for Team USA at the 2014 Olympics.