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Breaking down 2010 U.S. team

Updated: January 2, 2010, 6:13 PM ET
By Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

BOSTON -- GM Brian Burke and the rest of the Team USA staff announced the 2010 Olympic roster Friday, the youngest American squad (average age is 26.5 years) since the NHL began sending players in 1998. Here is our breakdown of the selections and omissions:

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David Backes, St. Louis Blues Burnside: Backes' point totals are well off his pace from last season, when he had 31 goals (he has just nine through 40 games this season), but he's a Burke guy and ...

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