After the Winter Classic in Boston, Hockey USA named the members of the men’s team for the Vancouver Olympics. Among the members is Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane. Dustin Byfuglien, who many analysts felt would make the team, was left off.
Kane is currently among the top right wings in all of hockey, and has been playing at an exceptionally high level for the last two months. His 45 points trail only New York’s Marian Gaborik among all r’ight wings, and he is the top assist man at the position with 28.
Byfuglien has been playing well lately and his 11 goals trail only Kane, Patrick Sharp and Canadian Olympian Jonathan Toews. Lots of national analysts thought Byfuglien would make the roster to bring size to a smaller team, especially considering the size Canadian and Russian rosters. It appears that Brian Burke opted to go different direction.
Kane joins Toews, Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith (Canada) and Marian Hossa and Tomas Kopecky (Slovakia) as the sixth Blackhawks players headed to Vancouver in February.