March 10, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson (7) during the third period against the Detroit Red Wings at the Joe Louis Arena. Columbus won 3-2 in a shoot out. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Could Jack Johnson Be Named Captain Of Team USA?

Yesterday, July 22nd, USA Hockey announced the players that have been invited to Orientation Camp, which will take place on August 26th and 27th in Arlington, VA. Jack Johnson, the only player from the Columbus Blue Jackets on the roster, will have the honor of partaking in the Orientation Camp.

Johnson participated in the 2010 Winter Olympics for team USA, and is on the verge of making the roster for 2014 in Sochi, Russia. In 2010 the defensive core of team USA consisted of; Ryan WhitneyRyan SuterBrian RafalskiBrooks OrpikErik Johnson, and Tim Gleason. The potential 2014 team for USA has seem to gone a slightly different route and has invited some young talented players to Orientation Camp. I would go as far to say that Johnson would be one of only a few veteran players invited, other veteran players include; Erik JohnsonBrooks OrpikDustin ByfuglienPaul MartinRyan Suter, and Keith Yandle. I am not even 100% sure I would call some of the players listed as veterans, but compared to the rest of the defensive players invited to camp, the players listed are as experienced as your going to get.

The rest of the list consists of young guys who are just making a name for themselves in the NHL; Kevin ShattenkirkNick LeddyJake GardinerJustin FaulkRyan McDonaghJohn CarlsonCam Fowler, and Zach Bogosian (Carlson and Bogosian could have been added to the veterans list…maybe).

Apr 17, 2013; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Detroit Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser (65) skates with the puck as Calgary Flames left wing Jiri Hudler (24) defends during the third period at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Calgary Flames won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Now to the young guns who have been invited to the Orientation Camp, these are the guys that you need to look out for, because in the blink of an eye one of these players could surprise everyone and be headed to Russia in February 2014. This list includes; Danny DeKeyser, Seth Jones, and Jacob Trouba.

That makes 18 defenseman to battle it out for 7, maybe 8 roster spots. Assuming that both Suter and Johnson make the roster, they would be good bets for a defenseman becoming captain. I saw a couple tweets this morning that confirm that Johnson could potentially be in the running for captain of the USA team…

 

Don’t forget about the forwards though, names like; Zach Parise, Dustin Brown, Ryan CallahanDavid Backes, maybe even Patrick Kane. There is a laundry list of players that could potentially be named captain for the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.

The last captain of the USA Hockey team was Jamie Langenbrunner  in 2010 for the Winter Games in Vancouver. The USA lost in heartbreaking fashion to the Canadians. Will 2014 bring better luck for the Americans? Better question right now is…Who is going to lead them?

 

Here is a full list of players that were invited to Team USA’s Orientation Camp

 

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