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Okposo’s hot start has attracted Team USA’s attention

Nov 24, 2013, 12:30 PM EST

UNIONDALE, NY - OCTOBER 29: Kyle Okposo #21 of the New York Islanders skates against the New York Rangers at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on October 29, 2013 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Getty Images

Kyle Okposo isn’t a lock to make Team USA, but it wouldn’t be shocking if he ends up suiting up in the 2014 Winter Olympics.

While he’s never recorded more than 52 points in a single season, the 25-year-old forward already has six goals and 22 points in 24 games with the New York Islanders this season. That hasn’t gone unnoticed.

“Kyle’s had a very good start to this season and that’s something he’s not necessarily known for,” Team USA head coach Dan Bylsma told Newsday. “So he’s put himself in that group we’re paying attention to.”

Bylsma added that, including Okposo, there about “six or seven” forwards that the national team will keep a close eye on in the coming weeks. The squad’s 25-man roster has to be finalized by the end of the year and will be announced during the Winter Classic.

Okposo stressed that he’s focusing on the Islanders, which have been struggling lately, but he’s definitely interested in going to Sochi.

“It would mean a lot. A lot,” he said. “Aside from winning a Stanley Cup, winning a gold medal for your country is about as great an accomplishment as you can have in this game.”

  1. badgerhockey77 - Nov 24, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    USA is stacked at RW! Kane, Kessel, Ryan, Oshie, Brown, Callahan, Wheeler. Yes, Okposo is off to a good start. But, he is by far the slowest skater of all the guys listed. That, and he just now decided to start playing to his potential where as others have been more consistent over their NHL careers. Doubtful he makes the cut.

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