World Cup of Hockey 2016 Preview Team North America

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This weekend, the 2016 World Cup of Hockey will begin, bringing with it the biggest superstars in the National Hockey League.  Starting September 17 in Toronto, eight teams will vie for the championship in a tournament not played since 2004.  Let’s take a look at the chances for Team North America.

by Bryan Vickroy

The most polarizing team in the tournament, Team North America has people both prediction their demise, as well as their potential to knock off anybody. 

The Team of The Future, as every player is under 23 years of age as of October 1, consist of a goalie who just won the Stanley Cup, and has the future of hockey in Connor McDavid.  Plit between Canadians and Americans, this roster might have the most talent and speed of everyone.  While they don’t have the experience in the NHL, they have youthful energy, which might be most important in a short tournament like this.

WCOH History

1996 WCOH:  N/A

2004 WCOH:  N/A

Potential Lines

Left Wing                                     Center                                                 Right Wing
Jonathan Drouin (TB)              Connor McDavid (EDM)                Mark Scheifele (WIN)
Johnny Gaudreau (CAL)          Jack Eichel (BUF)                            Brandon Saad (CBJ)
Nathan Mackinnon (COL)       Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (EDM)      Dylan Larkin (DET)
JT Miller (NYR)                          Sean Couturier (PHI)                     Auston Matthews (TOR)
Vincent Trocheck (FLA)
Left Defenseman                                Right Defenseman
Morgan Reilly (TOR)                        Aaron Ekblad (FLA)
Ryan Murray (CBJ)                           Seth Jones (CBJ)
Jacob Trouba (WIN)                         Shayne Gostibehere (PHI)
                                                               Colton Parayko (STL)
Goalies
Matt Murray (PIT)
John Gibson (ANA)
Connor Hellebuyck (WIN)

Best Case Scenario

The speed and skill of this teams surprises teams, and Matt Murray carries over his posteseason play.  A couple group play wins allows a favorable semifinal matchup, and the kids skate their way into the final round, and into everyone’s hearts.

Worst Case Scenario

Imagine an entire roster with the deer in the headlights look against the players they look up to.  While they have the talent, their time isn’t now, and they fail to qualify for the kovkout round, and turn their focus back to NHL team and home country.

Team MVP:  Connor McDavid

Breakout Star:  Mark Scheifele

Leading Scorer:  Jack Eichel

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