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Poile will use the first few months of the 2013-14 NHL season to look over his camp roster and determine which players are most deserving of a spot on the final 25-man team that will travel to the Sochi Olympics.
Chris Johnston of Sportsnet tweeted on Monday that "The U.S. Olympic team will be announced at 'approximately' Jan. 1, per GM David Poile."
Which factors will go into the roster making decisions? Polie explained that "Body of work is important. ... Equally if not more important is what you do in October, November and December."
The United States doesn't have as many "locks" to make the team as some of the other top gold medal contenders, which should serve as motivation for the players likely to be on the final roster bubble.
There will be a ton of competition for spots on the blue line, where there are only a few veterans likely to return from the Vancouver roster. Apart from Ryan Suter, Jack Johnson, Brooks Orpik and Paul Martin, the United States should have a young and inexperienced group of defensemen in Sochi.
Whichever players stand out the most during the first few months of the 2013-14 season will likely have an advantage when Poile has to submit a final Olympic roster.
Nicholas Goss is an NHL writer at Bleacher Report. He was a credentialed writer at the 2011 and 2013 Stanley Cup Final, the 2012 NHL playoffs and the 2013 NHL draft.