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Detroit’s Howard hopes to nab U.S. Olympic team gig

Aug 16, 2013, 10:51 PM EDT

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It’s taken some time, but Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard is finally being mentioned among the elite. (More than 72 percent of PHT voters agree, as of this writing.)

Still, with the staggering array of talented American netminders in the NHL, it’s no guarantee that he’ll make the U.S. Olympic team for 2014. The 29-year-old acknowledged to the Bangor Daily News that he has his sights on one of the spots.

“I’m confident, but I don’t have a crystal ball. We’ll see how the season goes,” Howard said. “One of my goals this season is to be in Sochi in February. As long as I go out there and play the way I’m capable of playing, hopefully they’ll want to pick me.”

Playing well in 2013-14 will certainly be a factor, as he’ll face the likes of Jonathan Quick, Ryan Miller, Cory Schneider and Craig Anderson for a spot.

When you consider the numbers he’s compiled in the last two seasons in particular, it would be foolish to count him out.

(H/T to George Malik.)

  1. soj83 - Aug 16, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    My guess would be Quick and Howard as 1 and 2 (in either order) Miller is the biggest name, and it would make it kind of hard for him to be the #3. Anderson and Schneider seem like the most probable for the #3 spot in my view.

    The other goalie in orientation (and most interesting) is John Gibson (property of Anaheim) and he is only 20. Imagine if he had a phenominal camp, what would that do to no only the USA depth chart, but the Ducks with Hiller, Fasth, Bobkov, and F. Anderson ahead of him on the depth chart.

  2. vanindeed - Aug 16, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    No room Jimmy. #3 at best

  3. endusersolutions2013 - Aug 17, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    Ryan Miller is least likely, given who he plays for. He’d have to have a great year in spite of his team. So that leaves 4 – one man out, unless one is injured.

    Howard could well have a better year this than last, as last year the Wings were re-building there defensive corps, and nearly did not make the playoffs.

    The only one who we can really projhect with great confidence is Quick.

  4. bensawesomeness - Aug 17, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    the big thing everyone always forgets when these articles come around – it’s not.necissary how they’re playing now, it’s how they play in the next few months, the fire in their eyes when the tryouts start.
    Jimmy plays huge in the playoffs, his passion and instinct take over

    I’m going to go ahead and say he makes the team, I’ll even say top 2. and I’ll be the first to admit it in February if I’m wrong

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  6. ethanmacleod1685 - Aug 17, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    I actually can’t decide, you can’t go wrong with any of them to be honest

  7. clefty1 - Aug 17, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Howard will make the roster. Quick, Howard and Anderson. I think Miller has had his time. Schneider could not seize the Vancouver net.

    • tdrusher225 - Aug 17, 2013 at 8:36 PM

      Schneider would get the spot over Anderson. I think he’s better on talent anyway, but he also fits the role of young 3rd goalie they would want to bring along and give some experience. Also, you’re ruling Miller out far too quickly. The guy is still one of the best goalies on the planet and he’s a pretty likely candidate for a bounce back season.

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