US surprisingly adds Jones, Smith to orientation roster

A few days after an agreement was set to allow NHLers play in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, USA Hockey announced the forty-eight players who will attend the US Men's National Orientation Camp in Arlington, Virginia August 26-27.

Of the forty-eight named, two Nashville Predators were invited. Surprisingly 18-year-old defensive phenom Seth Jones and Craig Smith were selected. The decision by GM David Poile and USA Hockey management to chose Smith over Colin Wilson comes as quite a surprise. Possibly the reasoning behind inviting Smith was to re-ignite his chemistry with center Paul Stastny that was evident during the 2013 World Championships.

Whatever the case may be, it is highly unlikely either of them — Smith or Jones — will be on the final roster heading to Sochi in February. 

Earlier today, Hockey Canada announced their orientation roster, which consists of forty-seven players. Predators' captain Shea Weber highlights the list as a defenseman and is likely to participate in the Olympics for the second time in his career. 

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