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Who makes the 2022 U.S. Olympic men’s hockey roster?

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NBC Sports NHL analyst Pierre McGuire‘s early U.S. Olympic roster prediction for the 2022 Beijing Winter Games, now that the NHL and NHLPA are one step closer to participating after skipping PyeongChang 2018 …

Goalies
Ben Bishop (Dallas Stars, 33)
John Gibson (Anaheim Ducks, 26)
Connor Hellebuyck (Winnipeg Jets, 27)
Also in the hunt: Spencer Knight (Boston College, 19)

OlympicTalk notes: All of these men would be Olympic rookies. Knight would be the youngest U.S. Olympic male hockey player in the NHL era, breaking defenseman Bryan Berard‘s record from 1998. If the U.S. wants some Olympic experience on the team, it could look at 2014 starter Jonathan Quick, who is still the Los Angeles Kings’ No. 1 but has battled injuries since Sochi.

Defensemen
John Carlson (Washington Capitals, 30)
Quinn Hughes (Vancouver Canucks, 20)
Seth Jones (Columbus Blue Jackets, 25)
Torey Krug (Boston Bruins, 29)
Charlie McAvoy (Boston Bruins, 22)
Ryan McDonagh (Tampa Bay Lightning, 31)
Jaccob Slavin (Carolina Hurricanes, 26)
Zach Werenski (Columbus Blue Jackets, 22)
Also in the hunt: Brandon Carlo (Boston Bruins, 23), Adam Fox (New York Rangers, 22), Ryan Suter (Minnesota Wild, 35), Jacob Trouba (New York Rangers, 26)

OlympicTalk notes: Carlson, McDonagh and Suter have Olympic experience. Carlson was the lone U.S. defenseman in the top seven of NHL All-Star voting at the end of the 2018-19 season. Carlson, Jones, Slavin and Hughes were in the 2020 All-Star Game.

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Forwards
Brock Boeser (Vancouver Canucks, 23)
Kyle Connor (Winnipeg Jets, 23)
Jack Eichel (Buffalo Sabres, 23)
Johnny Gaudreau (Calgary Flames, 26)
Jake Guentzel (Pittsburgh Penguins, 25)
Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks, 31)
Chris Kreider (New York Rangers, 29)
Dylan Larkin (Detroit Red Wings, 23)
Auston Matthews (Toronto Maple Leafs, 22)
J.T. Miller (Vancouver Canucks, 27)
Max Pacioretty (Vegas Golden Knights, 31)
Brady Tkachuk (Ottawa Senators, 20)
Matt Tkachuk (Calgary Flames, 22)
Blake Wheeler (Winnipeg Jets, 33)
Also in the hunt: Alex DeBrincat (Chicago Blackhawks, 22), Anders Lee (New York Islanders, 30), T.J. Oshie (Washington Capitals, 33), Bryan Rust (Pittsburgh Penguins, 28)

OlympicTalk notes: Kane, Wheeler, Pacioretty and Oshie have Olympic experience, but the top lines will be filled with Olympic rookies. No American forwards were in the top 11 of NHL All-Star voting at the end of the 2018-19 season, but Kane, Matthews and Eichel ranked Nos. 8, 9 an 10 in points this season.

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Auston Matthews would be youngest U.S. Olympic men’s hockey player since 1992

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Auston Matthews, who became the first modern NHL player to score four goals in his first game Wednesday, would be the youngest U.S. Olympic men’s hockey player since 1992, should he be on the team in Pyeongchang in 2018.

It is of course very early to make such a projection. For one, the NHL might not send its players to the Olympics like it has done at every Winter Games since 1998.

Matthews, 19, certainly has the early pedigree — he led Team USA in goals (six) and tied for the lead in points (nine) at the world championship in May. Matthews was the youngest player on that team.

Then the Toronto Maple Leafs took him No. 1 overall in the NHL Draft on June 24.

Matthews scored in two of his three games at the World Cup of Hockey in September, against Russia and Sweden, as the youngest American in that tournament.

In 2018, Matthews would be younger than any previous U.S. Olympic men’s hockey player in the NHL participation era (since 1998) and younger than anyone on the 1994 Lillehammer Olympic team.

He would be the youngest since Albertville 1992, when the roster included three 19-year-olds — future NHL players Scott LachanceMike Dunham and Keith Tkachuk.

If he makes the team, that is. A long way to go, but Matthews is off to an exceptional start.

NBCSN will air live coverage of Matthews’ home debut for the Maple Leafs on Saturday at 7:15 p.m. ET.

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U.S., Canada to meet in World Hockey Championship semifinals

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The U.S. and Canada will meet with a medal at stake at the World Hockey Championship for the first time since the tournament introduced bracket rounds in 1992.

Likely No.  1 NHL Draft pick Auston Matthews scored the U.S. goals in regulation and a shootout, lifting the Americans past the Czech Republic 2-1 and into the Worlds semifinals in Russia on Thursday.

Later, Canada trounced Sweden 6-0 in a rematch of the Sochi Olympic gold-medal game. Russia and Finland advanced to the other semifinal with wins over Germany and Denmark, respectively.

NBC Sports Live Extra will air live coverage of both semifinals on Saturday at 9 a.m. (Russia-Finland) and 1 p.m. ET (U.S.-Canada).

The gold-medal game is Sunday at 1 p.m. ET in Moscow on Live Extra.

The U.S. roster at Worlds includes zero Olympians and, though it has many NHL players, two have made an NHL All-Star team (Nick Foligno of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Dylan Larkin of the Detroit Red Wings).

Canada, the reigning World champion, has a more decorated roster of NHL players, including Corey PerryMatt DucheneBrad Marchand and Taylor Hall.

The Americans squeaked into the quarterfinals in the last qualifying spot in its group after losses to Canada, Finland, Germany and Slovakia.

The U.S. earned bronze two of the previous three years at Worlds, beating the Czech Republic in the 2015 bronze-medal game.

The U.S. hasn’t finished higher than third at Worlds since 1960, when it won the title.

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