The 2010 Vancouver Olympics saw Team USA match its best Olympic result since 1980, winning the silver medal. It's been the highlight of what has been a pretty poor decade for the Americans. Aside from that silver medal, the national men's team can point to World Championship bronze medals in 2004 and 2013 and not much else.
That's why matching that silver in Sochi—or better still winning gold, something this team has the talent to do—is so important.
Who will the American management group choose to represent the United States at the Sochi games? That's the question this list is intended to answer, ranking players from the locks at the top end down to the dark horses just hoping to make the team.
Read on to see who the candidates are and who we expect to make the cut.