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A Look At The 4 NCAA Players Selected For The United States Olympic Team

So Jordie already wrote a great article breaking down the entire US Roster, but as the resident college hockey blogger here at Barstool Sports, I decided to just focus on the four NCAA guys who come February will leave the class room and head to South Korea to participate in the 2018 Olympics. And like we mentioned on Spittin’ Chiclets this week, after some dominating performances in the WJC, don’t be surprised if more NCAA names are added.

Jordan Greenway

First lets look at Boston University’s Jordan Greenway. The 2015 2nd round selection of the Minnesota Wild will be the first African American to ever play for the United States Men’s Olympic Hockey Team, an accomplishment that Greenway should be extremely proud of. “I’ve been able to accomplish a lot of good things and just allowing a lot of African-American kids who are younger than me who see kind of what I’m doing, I hope that can be an inspiration for them.” Greenway told the Sporting News.

The 6’5, 240 lbs Junior at BU is a product of the USNDTP, where he played with NHL superstars Auston Matthews and Zach Werenski. Greenway has also played alongside some of the NHL’s best young players during his time at BU, skating on teams with Jack Eichel, Clayton Keller, and Charlie McAvoy.

Greenway will be able to provide some size to the Americans, being the tallest player on the team by at least two inches and will also be able to provide some scoring with 7 goals and 10 assists in 19 games played this season at BU, Greenway is almost a PPG player who can be a force in front and down low in the offensive zone.

Troy Terry

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The household name. There aren’t many people in the hockey world who don’t know the name Troy Terry after his shootout heroics at the WJC last year. Also identified as Oshie 2.0, the Junior at Denver probably could have opted to go pro after Denver’s National Championship last season. A 5th round selection of the Ducks in 2015, now in his Junior season, Terry has grown to be one of the best players in all of college hockey. Averaging almost 1.25 PPG this season, I believe the Americans will rely heavily on Terry for some offense along with his ability to completely embarrass other countries in shootouts.

Ryan Donato

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Ryan Donato may actually be the best player in all of college hockey and this season, may be the best season any college player has had in the past 5 season. The Harvard product was recently named the National Player of the Month in all of college hockey for December after a monster month where he averaged two goals a game, scored two hat tricks, two game-winning goals all while averaging 5.75 shots per game, the kid is a stud. Drafted by the Bruins in the 2nd round of the 2014 NHL draft and son of former NHL veteran, Ted Donato, Ryan is destined for greatness in Boston.

Donato, who is a native of Scituate Massachusetts is suprisngly not the first hockey player from his hometown to get a crack at the US Olympic team, Ryan Whitney who cohosts the Spittin’ Chiclets podcast, not a big deal, got the call in 2010.

Like I mentioned before, Donato is probably the best player in all of college hockey this season and is well on his way to a Hobey. But when you look at Donato’s numbers compared to best goal scoring years the past 5 years, Donato tops them all.

Donato is averaging a goal a game this year, that in its self is absolutely insane. But then you look at the other names on the list who he is averaging more goals per game than, and it in crazy. Johnny Gaudreau!? Jimmy Vesey!? Like what!?

Will Borgen

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Or Will Brogden as I dubbed him on this weeks Spittin’ Chiclets. The Saint Cloud State defenseman was drafted in the 4th round by Buffalo in 2015 and his not really known for his offensive skill set, but more being extremely solid defensively and being physical. A member of the 2016 Bronze Medal winning US World Junior Team, also played in the USHL for the Ohama Lancers, alongside Olympic teammate Ryan Donato.

With only one goal and seven assists on the season for SCSU, the US will need Borgen on the back end for his style of play. Someone who plays a physical game and is known to have quick feet for a defenseman, if the US wants to set a physical tone in South Korea, Borgen will be a big part of it. Leading SCSU in penalties for his third straight season, Borgen comes with some edge. “For a guy who plays on the edge, he’s found the right side of the line.” SCSU Assistant Coach Mike Gibbons told SCTimes.com

Borgen is also the biggest hockey guy on the planet, taking a skate to the neck before his senior season of high school and completely playing it off like it was not a big deal.

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The four NCAA players heading to South Korea will have an impact on whether or not this team wins a metal, which is kind of crazy to think that a few college kids will impact the chances of a US hockey medal, reminds me of 1980 and gets me jacked up. Also keep an eye out for USA hockey to add some names. As we mentioned on this weeks Spittin’ Chiclets, after the tournament that Brady Tkachuk and Casey Mittelstadt had it would be stupid to not give them a call. Regardless, going to be a tough tournament for the Americans who definitely aren’t the favorites, but let be real, being the underdog is much more fun.