Nearly a week ago USA Hockey announced the 48 players that had been invited to the Men’s National Team Olympic Orientation Camp. Among that list was the obvious selections, players like Patrick Kane, Dustin Brown, Ryan Miller and Jonathan Quick.
There was even some young talent invited to the camp in Seth Jones, Jacob Trouba and John Gibson. A group of young guys that may have been brought in for the experience more than anything.
Then there is Trevor Lewis. A player no one could have predicted getting the call and the opportunity. But now that Lewis is there you have to believe he has a shot at being on the final roster that is announced in December.
Lewis would end up at the back-end of any set of forwards selected for the final rosters, there is no hiding that. But he would be a great energy guy on any roster that is put together.
There is one aspect of Lewis’ game that could prove very useful at the Olympics and that is his speed.
Transitioning from the NHL mid-season to the Olympics there will be one drastic difference and that is the size of the rink the players will be playing on. The regulation Olympic size rink is noticeably bigger than that of the NHL.
What is more useful than speed in a situation where there is more room to move around and wheel with the puck. Lewis’ skates could prove very useful for the Americans in Russia.
Also, Lewis is a great energy player. He is a great bottom six guy that can go out there and bang a few bodies and get the boys and fans into the game.
On top of all of that, Lewis may be a bottom six guy but he can still bury the puck when he gets the opportunity. Just ask Kings fans about his goal against the Sharks during last season’s playoffs.
So Lewis may not have the star status that some of the other players that might make the roster, but since Lewis will have a shot in August I would not count him out. I feel that he makes a good impression at camp and he turns out a good first chunk of the season cementing his place on the Team USA roster.