World Cup of Hockey Preview: Team USA

Training camps for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey begin on Monday, Sept. 5. So in advance of the event kicking off the hockey season a couple weeks earlier than usual, let’s look ahead at the teams competing this fall. We’ll begin with Team USA.

Team USA will compete in Group A during the tournament. The top two teams from the round robin advance to the semifinals, which will be single elimination on Sept. 24-25. The final round is a best of three series with games being played between Sept. 27 and Oct. 1.

Group A:
Team Canada
Team Czech Republic
Team Europe
Team USA

ROSTER

Forwards:
Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
Justin Abdelkader, Detroit Red Wings
David Backes, Boston Bruins
Brandon Dubinsky, Columbus Blue Jackets
Ryan Kesler, Anaheim Ducks
T.J. Oshie, Washington Capitals
Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadiens
Kyle Palmieri, New Jersey Devils
Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild
Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks
Derek Stepan, New York Rangers
James van Riemsdyk, Toronto Maple Leafs
Blake Wheeler, Winnipeg Jets

Defensemen:
Dustin Byfuglien, Winnipeg Jets
John Carlson, Washington Capitals
Erik Johnson, Colorado Avalanche
Jack Johnson, Columbus Blue Jackets
Ryan McDonagh, New York Rangers
Matt Niskanen, Washington Capitals
Ryan Suter, Minnesota Wild

Goaltenders:
Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay Lightning
Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings
Cory Schneider, New Jersey Devils

All games played at Air Canada Centre in Toronto. All times below are EST.

Round-Robin Schedule:
Saturday, Sept. 17 – Team USA @ Team Europe, 3:30 PM, ESPN2
Tuesday, Sept. 20 – Team Canada @ Team USA, 8 PM, ESPN
Thursday, Sept. 22 – Team USA @ Team Czech Republic, 8 PM, ESPN2

10 thoughts on “World Cup of Hockey Preview: Team USA

  1. I’ve always felt that this roster looks very underwhelming especially in the depth department. We’ll see shod be interesting.

  2. I know Faulk is a D man. But our D looks ok. Kessel and Johnson should have been no brainers. I know Bobby Ryan brings discussion but he fits for me

  3. Team North America will be good as will be Team Sweden, Finland and Russia but Team Canada Should win this (especially in a 2 out of 3 final)

  4. Tyler Johnson really fell off last year. Injuries? maybe. But he’s really only had 1 stellar year with 2 above average ones. Not a big enough sample size. I would take Ryan over Palmieri and Kessel over both. Probably would have gone Ryan over Dubinsky, but then who plays center.

    Justin Faulk not being there kinda stings

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