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World Cup of Hockey: Team USA Final Roster announced

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The Americans, like many other teams, have talent in goal and up front but their depth on defence will likely decide their fate

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Team USA is in a transition period right now, much like Finland. They do have some established NHL talent, including Joe Pavelski and Max Pacioretty but a lot of their most exciting players are too young for this team, like Jack Eichel, Auston Matthews, and Alex Galchenyuk, among others, while the management staff decided to leave one of its best goal-scorers, Phil Kessel, off the final squad.

This team should be in contention for a medal, like they always are, but are in tough when you compare them to teams like Canada, Sweden and Finland. However, this is the team that has beaten Canada or come close in best-on-best tournaments like the Olympics and famously won the first World Cup in 1996 which was until this point, maybe the golden age of USA Hockey.

They have depth in goal, but may need to make a change depending on the health of Ben Bishop who left the Eastern Conference final with a knee injury that ended his season.

Player Position Current Team
Ben Bishop G Tampa Bay Lightning
Jonathan Quick G Los Angeles Kings
Cory Schneider G New Jersey Devils
Dustin Byfuglien D Winnipeg Jets
John Carlson D Washington Capitals
Ryan McDonagh D New York Rangers
Ryan Suter D Minnesota Wild
Erik Johnson
D Colorado Avalanche
Jack Johnson D Columbus Blue Jackets
Matt Niskanen D Washington Capitals
Justin Abdelkader F Detroit Red Wings
Patrick Kane F Chicago Blackhawks
Ryan Kesler F Anaheim Ducks
T.J. Oshie F Washington Capitals
Max Pacioretty F Montreal Canadiens
Zach Parise F Minnesota Wild
Joe Pavelski F San Jose Sharks
Derek Stepan F New York Rangers
Blake Wheeler F Winnipeg Jets
David Backes F St. Louis Blues
James van Riemsdyk F Toronto Maple Leafs
Ryan Callahan F Tampa Bay Lightning
Brandon Dubinsky
F Columbus Blue Jackets