Forwards: Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers (Canada), Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings (Slovenia) and Marian Gaborik, Columbus Blue Jackets (Slovakia)
Canada's Claude Giroux is one of the NHL's best players, so don't get up in arms over his position here. He is a little inexperienced when compared to some of the other players in this slideshow.
In 392 games, all with the Philadelphia Flyers, Giroux has an impressive 348 points. He has gotten better as he has matured, and by all accounts he should have been a member of Team Canada this year. Four years from now, Giroux will be 30, and there's no reason why he shouldn't be competing in 2018 if the NHL sends its stars to South Korea.
Gaborik is one of the NHL's most talented and most frustrating scorers. In 787 games, he has scored 686 points, and he has seven 30-goal seasons to his name. During three of those seasons, Gaborik scored 40 or more.
He is a very talented player, and if he stays healthy (big if), he will most likely compete in the 2018 games.
Anze Kopitar just competed in his first Olympic games for his home country of Slovenia. The nation had an impressive showing, but powerhouse Sweden dispatched Slovenia in the quarterfinals. In the NHL, Kopitar is an unsung center who flies under the radar in one of the biggest media markets in the world.
Kopitar is a solid two-way center with offensive upside, and he has tallied 523 points in 581 games. He was an integral part of the Kings' Stanley Cup win back in 2012, and he is one of the best players in the NHL today.
Defensemen: P.K. Subban, Montreal Canadiens (Canada) and Alex Pietrangelo, St. Louis Blues (Canada)
Both these blueliners are current members of Team Canada and have a chance to win a medal this year. However, until at least Saturday, they remain medal-less. Subban is a rising star on the Habs' blue line, and he is a physical player with impressive offensive tools.
Pietrangelo is an up-and-coming offensive defenseman with real promise, and he is a smooth skater who is a key asset on the power play.
Goalie: Kari Lehtonen, Dallas Stars (Finland)
Kari Lehtonen is an underrated goaltender who has spent most of his career on some poor teams. Since coming to Dallas, Lehtonen has won or was on pace to win 30 games in a season. He has a career record of 203-162-45 with a .915 save percentage and 2.68 goals against average. He has a chance to win a medal as the No. 3 goalie for Finland, but at this time, he has no Olympic hardware to his name.