Handicapping the U.S. goalie race 

August, 26, 2013

Jonathan QuickAP Photo/Tony AvelarJonathan Quick's combination of talent and international experience make him the early leader.
WASHINGTON -- Two things stood out from Team USA general manager David Poile's introductory news conference at U.S. orientation camp Monday morning. One, he said he expects Team USA to go to Sochi as one of the favorites to win the gold medal, a departure from the underdog label Brian Burke put on the 2010 team. And two, he said the pool of players to choose from is deeper now than it's ever been.

"We have way more depth and way more quality than in 2010," Poile said.

And that team was one goal from gold.

That depth is especially impressive in goal, where incumbent starter Ryan Miller is far from a lock to earn a roster spot in 2014 despite his impressive résumé. Poile made it clear that history matters, but it's not the only factor.

"Your body of work, what you've done in your career, is very important," he said. "Having said that, equally, if not more important, is what you're going to do in October, November and December."

Here's an early handicap of how the American goalies line up heading into the season: