While the NHL still hasn't given a firm commitment to playing in the 2014 Winter Olympics, the process of putting together a roster isn't too far away. In 2010, a roster filled with NHL talent came up just short in an epic gold medal game against Canada.
If the US wants to improve on that performance, it needs to start putting a team together sooner than later.
What follows is a list of 22 players (seven defensemen, two goalies and 13 forwards) who could represent the United States in the 2014 Games. Some of these players have been to the Olympics before. Others haven't played two full seasons in the NHL.
But in total, they represent the best talent the United States will be able to put on the ice when they make another run at the gold.