March 16, 2013; Tampa FL, USA; Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk (27) passes the puck against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at Tampa Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Justin Faulk Impresses At World Championships

Justin Faulk continued his individual success this season by being named one of USA’s top three players and taking home a bronze medal at the World Championships.

Faulk, who was named Team MVP, by members of the Carolina Hurricanes’ media, recorded six assists in 10 games for the Americans. But the admiration of the U.S.’s top administrators should have more of an impact on the 21-year-old defenseman.

With the Winter Olympics just around the corner, it looks like NHL players will be headed to Sochi and Faulk could be one of them. He led the defense in the tournament this year and has developed into a great puck-moving defenseman. However, Faulk could face some competition in being named to the team.

Erik Johnson is another Olympic hopeful that played with Justin Faulk at the World Championships. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

There are a number of skilled American defenseman in the NHL, which includes Ryan Suter, Jack Johnson, Ryan McDonagh and Keith Yandle. Most of those defensemen have more experience than Faulk and some even played for the U.S. in the 2010 Olympics. But Faulk has competed in the World Championships twice, so the U.S. executives have seen plenty of Faulk over the past two years.

Making it to the Olympics, will not be an easy thing for Faulk, but being more impressive than Erik Johnson and Matt Carle, other Olympic hopefuls, at the Worlds will help the Minnesota native secure a spot.

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