Originally written on Hockey Fan Land  |  Last updated 11/5/14
Three games into the 2013 World Junior Hockey Championship, you wondered if Team USA would miss qualifying for the medal round for the second consecutive year. With the seventh-place finish of 2012 still reeking after back-to-back 2-1 losses to their two biggest rivals, the Americans were in playoff mode one game early.  Questions swirled. Is Phil Housley really the right guy for this job? Is he rely too much on his offensive defensemen? Is he pushing the right buttons?  Turns out those questions were a bit premature. The Americans steamrolled Slovakia to get into the medal round, then didn't let up a bit against the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals. A combined 16-3 score in two games? Well that certainly wasn't the offensively-starved US team we saw through three games.   Housley shuffled his lines, moving a player without a current line, Jim Vesey, to the first unit. The move was drastic, but had wide-ranging effects up and down the lineup. Perhaps the biggest impact was felt o...
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