With the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships set to wrap up on Sunday and this summer's London Olympics just over two months away, we have passed the halfway point to the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.
The U.S. Men's National Team—now out of the running for a medal at the World Championships—has shifted its focus to 2014. And despite coming within one goal of gold at the 2010 Vancouver Games, the next U.S. Olympic roster will look considerably different.
Some players have retired. Others have aged past their Olympic-level years, and some have simply gotten worse. Meanwhile, other players have entered the IIHF scene, have made a mark in the NHL or look to make a mark in the near future.
With the 2013 World Championships and one and a half NHL seasons still to come before the Sochi roster will be named, this list is completely speculative. There have been no official reports or even substantive rumors about what the 2014 U.S. roster will look like.
That being said, the 10 players mentioned here all have played in the NHL, are relatively young, are extremely talented and were born in the United States.