Since the release of the orientation camp roster listing players who have been invited to Team USA camp, set for late August, I have seen a couple tweets regarding Brandon Dubinsky not being on the invite list.
— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) July 22, 2013
Now this is *just* food for thought, but: Brandon Dubinsky’s ppg (.689) was higher than seven forwards named to the U.S. camp roster. #CBJ
— Rob Mixer (@RobMixer) July 22, 2013
I agree with Portzline and Mixer, it is odd that Dubinsky did not even receive an invite to orientation camp. It is one thing to not make the team, but to not even be invited to camp is a mystery. Dubinsky had 20 points in 29 games this past season for the Blue Jackets, while battling injuries and illness. One can only wonder if he is still dealing with recovery from injuries this offseason.
One player that was invited to camp was Ryan Callahan, this alone should have brought the conversation directly to Dubinsky. The two were teammates in NY and could easily be a dynamic duo for Team USA. Both are hard working players, ready to battle in the corners, and drive defenseman crazy.
I will not name players on the list who I think didn’t deserve the invite as much as Dubinsky did, but it could easily be said that a few players invited to camp could have been replaced with Dubinsky’s name. At 27, he would still fit in with the young players theme that Team USA seems to be going with, and still add five plus years of NHL experience.
Dubinsky has played on two World Championship teams for the United States, but has never made it on an Olympic roster. It is noted in his player profile on the Blue Jackets website that he “Led Team USA in scoring at 2010 IIHF World Championships (6GP-3G-7A-10P)”. As mentioned, it is quite a mystery why Dubinsky was not invited to orientation camp, your guess is as good as mine as to why he was not invited though. [BlueJackets.NHL.com]