Nashville Predators general manager David Poile, the man tasked with putting together the U.S. men’s hockey team for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, recently called Zach Parise and Ryan Suter of the Minnesota Wild two of the top players in America.
“We had our fingers crossed that players like Ryan Suter and Zach Parise could … be the next great generation of U.S.A. players, and I think it’s happened,” Poile told Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “Ryan Suter should be our best defenseman and Zach Parise should be our best forward.”
(By the way, that first meeting between Poile and Suter has to be kinda awkward…).
It’s high praise for two franchise players in St. Paul.
Parise and Suter are not the only Wild players who will make an impact in Russia. According to Wild.com’s Mike Doyle, players Mikko Koivu, Niklas Backstrom and Mikael Granlund have all been invited to an orientation camp for Team Finland, defenseman Jonas Brodin has been invited to Sweden’s camp and Nino Niederreiter is expected to represent Switzerland again.
All in all, there are seven players from the Wild who should make an impact in the 2014 Winter Olympics.