Projecting Team USA's Hockey Roster for the 2018 Winter Olympics

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Projecting Team USA's Hockey Roster for the 2018 Winter Olympics
Matt Slocum/Associated Press

It's been three days since Team USA lost to Canada and two days since Team USA lost to Finland at the 2014 Sochi Olympics to come home without a medal. That feels like enough time to go through the grieving process and begin anew with an eye toward the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Yes, it's very possible the NHL won't be going to South Korea, but since it hasn't been ruled out yet, there's no harm in hoping that we will get to see the best players in the world on the same sheet of ice four years from now.

At the 2014 Sochi Olympics, there were 13 Americans who were on the roster at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. There may be more returning faces in 2018 if this projection proves to be completely accurate.

(It won't, but it doesn't mean we shouldn't try.)

This brief slideshow attempts to project the forwards, defensemen and goaltenders who will represent Team USA at the 2018 Winter Olympics. There are even line combinations and defense pairings to mull over.

So click, enjoy and let's hope the NHL goes to Pyeongchang in 2018.

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