Kyle Okposo was seemingly snubbed from the all-snub mentions from pundits around the NHL. When Team USA announced their roster in January, Bobby Ryan received a big dose of the spotlight for being left off of the final list. Arguably a bigger performer was left off the team though, as Okposo will be the only player that is the NHL’s top-1o scorers not headed to Sochi.
He trails Alex Ovechkin by a single point, and only sits three points out of the top-five.
While it seems like a big-time snub on the surface, it’s entirely possible that Okposo wasn’t on America’s long list when the roster selection process started last summer. The budding power forward was coming off of an incredibly disappointing 24-point 2013 campaign, and probably wasn’t on the radar to make the final team.
The United States has plenty of goal scoring, but that’s not something that you can have too much of in a short tourney like the Olympics. If the squad was being selected again today, it is likely that Okposo’s name would be on the roster. It also seems likely that he’d be a top-six forward for the Americans.
He’s only 25-years-old though, and if the NHL decides to send players to the 2018 Winter Games, the New York Islander will almost certainly be a shoo-in to make Team USA.