Projecting 2014 U.S. Olympic hockey team

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NEWARK, N.J. | For the first time since 1999 and just the second time in NHL history, the Stanley Cup will go to a team with an American-born captain. And if it’s Dustin Brown’s Los Angeles Kings, it will be the second year in a row with a U.S. goalie winning it, and possibly more if Jonathan Quick gets the Conn Smythe.

With those two leading the way for the Los Angeles and Zach Parise for the New Jersey Devils, it’s worth considering just how stacked the U.S. team could be when it arrives in Sochi, Russia, for the 2014 Olympics. Here’s a look at what that group might look like, with the obvious note that a lot can change in 20 months:

GOALTENDERS

Jonathan Quick, Kings

Ryan Miller, Sabres

Corey Schneider, Canucks

Also in consideration: Jimmy Howard, Red Wings; Craig Anderson, Senators

DEFENSEMEN

Ryan Suter, Predators

Jack Johnson, Blue Jackets

Brooks Orpik, Penguins

Ryan McDonagh, Rangers

John Carlson, Capitals

Tim Gleason, Hurricanes

Kevin Shattenkirk, Blues

Also in consideration: Dustin Byfuglien, Jets; Erik Johnson, Avalanche; Matt Niskanen, Penguins; Paul Martin, Penguins; Keith Yandle, Coyotes

FORWARDS

Ryan Callahan, Rangers

Zach Parise, Devils

Dustin Brown, Kings

Patrick Kane, Blackhawks

Ryan Kesler, Canucks

Jason Pominville, Sabres

Phil Kessel, Maple Leafs

Max Pacioretty, Canadiens

Bobby Ryan, Ducks

Joe Pavelski, Sharks

David Backes, Blues

T.J. Oshie, Blues

Kyle Okposo, Islanders

Brandon Dubinsky, Rangers

Also in consideration: Paul Stastny, Avalanche; James van Riemsdyk, Flyers; Derek Stepan, Rangers; Chris Higgins, Canucks, Jim O’Brien, Senators; Drew Stafford, Sabres

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