ARLINGTON, Va. --
With less than six months until the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics, there are many questions about Team USA that must be answered. Judging by the first day of availability with the 48 players invited to the 2013 U.S. Men's National Team Camp at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, none is more pressing than the identity of the eventual No. 1 goalie.
Virtually every player who arrived in the mixed zone on Day 1 of the camp was asked about the team's goaltending. Fortunately, the questions were about the position of strength from which the Americans appear to be operating and not about the deficiencies of the position.
Six goalies were invited to this camp, and all six boast impressive resumes. Buffalo Sabres
goalie Ryan Miller
is the returning starter who led the United States to a silver medal in Vancouver four years ago. Jonathan Quick
of the Los Angeles Kings
won the Stanley Cup two years ago. Craig Anderson
of the Ottawa Senators
has been among the most consistent goalies in the NHL during the past two seasons.
has played well enough to take the starting job with the Detroit Red Wings
after a considerable apprenticeship. Cory Schneider
, traded to the New Jersey Devils
in June, long has been considered among the game's best young prospects. And John Gibson
, the youngest goalie at the camp, may not have reached the NHL yet, but the Anaheim Ducks
prospect has starred at the World Junior Championship and World Championship levels.