Team USA announced their final roster for the upcoming Winter Olympics and even though there’s a huge amount of depth based on the players who made the cut, there are several elements that could’ve been chosen and won’t take part in the tournament.
Players like Kyle Okposo, Brandon Saad and Dustin Byfuglien were only some of the notable omissions – something that speaks highly of the quality that will be presented at the tournament – but no absence is more puzzling than the one of Bobby Ryan.
Ryan is a skilled winger that is always able to score goals from almost every angle of the ice and he’s not shabby on the defensive end either, making big plays and hustling constantly every time he’s playing. He also has a lot of experience playing for the National Team and that’s one of the main reasons why is so hard to understand why he was left out.
According to GM David Poile, “the best 25 players aren’t the ones who are going because we decided to pick the ones that will give us the better chance to win” so that would indicate that even when Ryan is more skilled than players, he might not have a spot to showcase himself against the top players in the world simply because there are other guys that are more up to the challenge right now.
Team USA will definitively have some skilled players like Zach Parise, Joe Pavelski and Patrick Kane leading the way but Bobby Ryan should’ve had a spot in the final roster. His experience and skill set is just too much of an asset to be left out of the team and unless he gets a call to replace an injured player, Bobby won’t have a chance to help the team like he did four years ago.