The U.S. men's hockey team will announce its roster for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi on Wednesday after the conclusion of Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs.
There are plenty of easy decisions for the brain trust that is led by David Poile, the Nashville Predators general manager—Zach Parise, Phil Kessel and Ryan Suter will be back after winning silver at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver—but he has his fair share of tough choices, too.
Injuries to several players make the process of picking 25 players a little more difficult. Defenseman Brooks Orpik and goaltender Jimmy Howard were thought to be contenders for a spot at the start of the season, but both players have dealt with injuries during the first half of the NHL season.
Team USA also has a stellar crop of defensemen that will make Poile's job extremely difficult. After Suter and perhaps one or two other defensemen, it's anyone's guess who will man the blue line for the United States.
The following is one man's best guess as to what Team USA's roster will look like when it is released on New Year's Day. This isn't a list designed to show what the roster should be—it's designed to show what it will be. It's alphabetical and concludes with potential line combinations.
So scroll through and check out our projection for Team USA's 14 forwards, eight defensemen and three goaltenders for the upcoming Olympics.
All statistics through Friday's games via NHL.com.