A sampling of thoughts and opinions from around the continent at the end of the Team USA Olympic orientation camp…
Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com has come up with the nickname of “The Nasty Boys” for the American trio of Dustin Brown, David Backes and Ryan Kesler. He also quotes Team USA general manager Brian Burke as saying of Brown, “I got to watch way too much of Dustin Brown the last few years in Anaheim. He’s a pain in the ass. He’s a good player and he’s a big body that hits and plays with a high level of belligerence, which I like. And so, to me, there’s a guy who can play up and down and play on the fourth line or he can play on the first line.”
NHL.com looks at Rob Scuderi and Brooks Orpik, former teammates in Pittsburgh who were back together at the camp. Incidentally, Orpik was a strong target of Dean Lombardi last summer, before Orpik chose to remain with the Penguins.
Burke gives his further thoughts on the team in this Canadian Press story.
Kevin Allen of USA Today sums up the camp, and notes that the selection committee (which includes Dean Lombardi) will meet in early October and that the team is expected to be named in late December.
Finally, the Canadian Press offered its opinion on which 14 players are most assured of spots on Team USA at the moment. Dustin Brown, Jonathan Quick and Rob Scuderi made the “cut,” but Jack Johnson did not.