Why Is T.J. Oshie So Good In The Shootout?Barry Petchesky2/20/14 1:34pmFiled to: t.j. oshiest. louis bluesshootoutsnhlhockeyolympic hockeysochi olympicsteam usacanadajonathan toews369EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkGIF T.J. Oshie is on Team USA for his shootout prowess. This is no secret. The behind-the-scenes looks at the roster selection make clear that the committee ranked him behind other forwards like Brandon Saad on pure skill, but put him on the team anyway because he's deadly when going one-on-one with a goalie. The wisdom of that selection was proven with his four-of-six performance in the shootout against Russia. His formula? Controlled randomness.IIHF hockey is a unique beast. The ice surface is larger, the rules are different, and, most visibly in the early games, shootouts have the potential to bring skaters individual glory. Unlike in the NHL, in the Olympics a player can shoot multiple times, even consecutively, once the first three shooters have gone. Kovalchuk and Datsyuk alternated attempts for Russia, but for poor Sergei Bobrovsky, it was all Oshie, all the time.