Ranking the 5 Best American Players in Detroit Red Wings History

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Ranking the 5 Best American Players in Detroit Red Wings History
Paul Beaty/Associated Press

The Detroit Red Wings are sending 10 players representing four countries to Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Of the 10 Olympians from Hockeytown, only Jimmy Howard will be representing Team USA. The rest include Team Sweden (six), Team Slovakia (two) and Team Russia (one).

With the Winter Olympics underway, NHL players will be donning the colors of their home country, rooting alongside opponents and against teammates. It’s a beautiful sentiment for sport and a welcome break from the 82-game grind that is the NHL season.

Howard is one of only two American-born draft picks to secure a spot on Detroit’s roster in more than 20 years. Justin Abdelkader is the other.

Detroit seems to have a direct line to Europe’s most talented young stars in recent years, but it has had a representative on Team USA since the 2002 silver-medal finish in Salt Lake City.

Some of the best Americans in Detroit were major contributors in multiple ways. If perhaps not scorers or big-name attractions, these five were cognizant of their responsibilities and performed above expectations.

This list is comprised of the players that earned their place in team history, enjoyed their share of success and worked their way into the hearts of the Red Wing faithful.

These are five of the best Americans in Detroit Red Wings history.

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