How do the groups compare overall?
At left wing and centre, it is mostly a wash; the players are largely the same, and those who are not play similar games. At right wing it is tempting to say the same, but the emergence of Phil Kessel as a truly elite talent makes that impossible; he gives the Americans a weapon they did not have last time.
On defence, the Americans are down one exceptional defenceman in Brian Rafalski, but are dramatically improved in terms of depth and should be better overall for that reason. In net, the names are solid, but Ryan Miller was so good last time that it is difficult to imagine anyone matching that performance.
The 2014 group is probably the better team, but will face a steep challenge to better the work of the 2010 silver-medal-winning squad.