Team USA Announces Olympic Roster

The Olympics are going to look much different this year as teams across each country won't have any NHL active players on their roster. The good thing though? There's a bunch of talented hockey players heading to Beijing and it's going to be one hell of a hockey tournament. 

Team USA kicked it off for the major players and announced their roster, a team that's going to be stacked with NCAA talent as 15 collegiate players were included. The team includes 16 skaters who are 23 years old or younger:

Up Front

PLAYERAGECURRENT TEAMNHL RIGHTS
Nick Abruzzese22Harvard (NCAA)TOR
Ken Agostino29Torpedo (KHL)None
Matty Beniers19Michigan (NCAA)SEA
Brendan Brisson20Michigan (NCAA)VGK
Noah Cates22Minnesota-Duluth (NCAA)PHI
Sean Farrell20Harvard (NCAA)MTL
Sam Hentges22St. Cloud State (NCAA)MIN
Matthew Knies19Minnesota (NCAA)TOR
Marc McLaughlin22Boston College (NCAA)None
Ben Meyers23Minnesota (NCAA)None
Andy Miele33Torpedo (KHL)None
Brian O'Neill33Jokerit (KHL)None
Nick Shore29Novosibirsk (KHL)None
Nathan Smith23Minnesota State (NCAA)WPG

The forward group has a couple of top prospects including Matty Beniers who went second over at the 2021 NHL entry draft and Matthew Knies who the Toronto Maple Leafs are very high on.

Defensemen

PLAYERAGECURRENT TEAMNHL RIGHTS
Brian Cooper28IK Oskarshamn (SHL)None
Brock Faber19Minnesota (NCAA)LA
Drew Helleson20Boston College (NCAA)COL
Steven Kampfer33Ak Bars Kazan (KHL)None
Aaron Ness31Providence (AHL)None
Nick Perbix23St. Cloud State (NCAA)TB
Jake Sanderson19North Dakota (NCAA)OTT
David Warsofsky31Ingolstadt (DEL)None
Jake Sanderson will be the player to watch of this group as he has #1 defenseman potential and the Ottawa Senators can't wait to get him to Canada's capital. Lots of diverse experience in this group and it's going to be on the coaching staff to mix up the pairings accordingly. 

Goalies

PLAYERAGECURRENT TEAMNHL RIGHTS
Drew Commesso19Boston University (NCAA)CHI
Strauss Mann23Skelleftea (SHL)None
Pat Nagle34Lehigh Valley (AHL)None
While the Americans are usually considered powerhouses, it's worth noting the country hasn't won a medal since 2010 in Vancouver when Sidney Crosby sent them home with silver.
Photo credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

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