Jason Pominville wasn’t invited to Team USA’s orientation camp overt the summer, but it’s looking increasingly likely that he’ll be invited to head to Sochi to compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics. The revelation that Pominville could end up wearing the Stars and Stripes isn’t too surprising, considering his recent high level of output.
The Minnesota Wild forward is 10th among all Americans in points on the year, but leads the pack with a whopping 10 goals through 16 games played. Pominville is playing more than 17 minutes a night for Minnesota, and according to Michael Russo of the Minnesota Star-Tribune, the United States and its brass is paying attention now.
Russo spoke to Jim Johannson, who is assistant executive director of hockey operations for Team USA, about Pominville’s chances of making it to Sochi:
We always intended to add more players to our pool. [General Manager David Poile] has said the team will be decided by body of work and performance in-season, and combining those things, Jason’s off to a great, great start.
It isn’t just the United States that’s paying attention at this point. Pominville was the NHL’s top player last week and was given the No. 1 star for the time period.
— Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) November 4, 2013
All told, the Wild have a handful of players that could represent the US. Ryan Suter will likely be on the top pairing, while Zach Parise is a shoo in at forward for the squad. That’s a pretty good showing for Minnesota, all told.