Captain Gionta? The latest on U.S. Olympic team’s roster (Video)

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Hockey insider Bob McKenzie provided the latest update regarding the composition of the roster for the U.S. men’s national team heading into the 2018 Winter Olympics, as you can see in the video above.

McKenzie notes that approximately half of USA Hockey’s eventual roster could be on display during this weekend’s Deutschland Cup, as the U.S. is slated to bring 15 forwards, 10 defensemen, and three goalies.

Seasoned NHL veteran Brian Gionta might end up being the captain for the United States, but he’s not the only name you may recall. Mark Arcobello and Matt Gilroy are two familiar names that also might ring a bell. McKenzie also singles out Ryan Zapolski as a goalie who could draw some real interest.

This is the latest update regarding the American roster for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

About a week ago, Darren Dreger also mentioned possibilities such as Gilory and Arcobello:

Those aren’t the only names to consider. Dreger points out two NHL prospects who could be of interest: Troy Terry (Anaheim Ducks), and Ryan Donato (Boston Bruins).

 

One must also account for a certain level of intrigue, as the Russian doping scandal may affect multiple countries if the KHL prohibits its players from participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics. (More on that here.)

McKenzie notes that the U.S. roster will be announced on Jan. 1 during the 2018 Winter Classic, which will air on NBC. Expect more updates from PHT as the makeup of the U.S. roster becomes clearer over time.

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.