Team USA has three local representatives, all from the New York Rangers, Derek Stepan, Ryan McDonagh and Ryan Callahan.
Callahan, the captain and unquestioned leader of the Ranger franchise, will be participating in his second Olympic games later this month in Sochi, Russia. ‘Captain Cally’ has played all eight years of his NHL career for the Blueshirts totaling 132 goals and 121 assist for 252 points in his 445 games played and has 11 goals and 13 assist for 24 points so far this season. Those statistics may not seem all that impressive but it the things that don’t show up in the box score that Callahan does best.
Callahan is a tireless worker in all three zones, routinely putting himself in harm’s way to block shots and play a physical brand of hockey, listed at only 5’11″ and 190 lbs, he plays a style befitting a much larger player. Callahan has also proven himself to have a flair for the dramatic in the past, scoring 26 game winning goals in his career. These things have made him a beloved figure amongst the Ranger faithful, as was shown earlier this week during his two-goal performance in which the Garden erupted into chants of “Cally! Cally!”.
The U.S. seems poised to make a serious run at a medal in Sochi . Callahan will likely play a slightly different role with the national team than he does with the Rangers. He will probably play on the third or fourth line and play a few less minutes per game because of the depth of the United States squad, rather than the second line role he plays in New York.
Despite not being a captain on the team his leadership was definitely a factor in his selection so he will be asked to continue to lead by example. I would assume he would see a lot of penalty kill time and play in pressure situations. He is not a top line player, even for the Rangers, so any offensive production that he chips in will be a bonus for the United States, but he is obviously more than capable of being an offensive threat.