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Preds (including Seth Jones) OK with missing out on Olympics

Jan 2, 2014, 5:15 PM EDT

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The U.S. Olympic team was put together by a committee of prominent American hockey minds, but the buck still stopped at Nashville Predators GM David Poile. Poile didn’t seem keen on wedging his own players onto the roster, which avoids controversy … unless it were to come from the Predators locker room.

Luckily, that doesn’t seem to be the case, as Seth Jones, Craig Smith and Colin Wilson told the Tennessean on Thursday.

“They put together a good team and I think they know what they’re doing,” Jones said. “I have no hard feelings, but there are a lot of good defensemen this year and I think they put together a solid team.”

Reports indicated that Jones, 19, generated early buzz as a potential surprise inclusion before fizzling out beginning in November.

The two forwards in question were probably longer shots all along, something that wasn’t lost on Wilson, 24.

“I think with the season I was having, I wasn’t exactly expecting to make anything,” Wilson said. “There’s a lot of really good American players who were putting up numbers this year, so I knew I wasn’t quite there.”

There are other Americans on the Preds’ roster, but the aforementioned threesome probably had the best chance to make it. Thankfully for Poile, it didn’t cause too much turmoil for those who didn’t make it.

  1. thomasvanek - Jan 2, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    He’s 19 who cares he has plenty of time for the olympics in his career.

    • killerpgh - Jan 2, 2014 at 5:33 PM

      Unless the rumor of the World Cup coming back and this being the last Olympics the NHL will agree to send it’s players to are true….

      • joey4id - Jan 2, 2014 at 6:13 PM

        It’s unlikely the NHL will send it’s stars to 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Too many time zones away, and not a hot hockey market.

      • killerpgh - Jan 2, 2014 at 8:48 PM

        What do you mean it isn’t a hockey hot market. Where would the Penguins be without Jimmy Peak and Richard Park. Probably in Kansas City or Vegas.

  2. muckleflugga - Jan 2, 2014 at 8:43 PM


    the nhl as we know it will not exist in 2018…the best europe has to offer will have abandoned the nhl for the khl…

    less chance of having one’s brains scrambled…being maimed…opportunity at greater prestige…better money…will have them staying home…happily

    the nhl, marginalized and scrambling for talent from a weakened and tattered talent pool will be begging to be let in…

    book it

    • musamonster - Jan 3, 2014 at 12:56 PM

      Really? Because Seth Jones and Connon McDavid are longing to lift the Gagarin Cup?

  3. crusty14 - Jan 2, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    The time zone issue is actually better for us in north America with games in south Korea , compared to Russia .

    Prime time games in Russia will be airing here about 5am, where prime time games in Korea will air here about 10 or 11am. Neither is ideal, but who wants to wake up at 5 unless you really have to!

  4. hazlydose - Jan 2, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    Nice to see that the 19 year old takes it in stride while others complain about not making the team. Ryan does have a legitimate reason to be angry with Burke, but still shouldn’t be complaining about not making the team.

    • grassi00 - Jan 3, 2014 at 9:29 AM

      i don’t believe he just came out complaining. he was interviewed and simply answered the questions he was asked

      • hazlydose - Jan 3, 2014 at 2:13 PM

        Whether you answer a question or come right out and say it its still complaining. You have guys like Krug saying USA hockey never liked him and the only way he was making the team was if the plane crashed on the way to Sochi.

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