Canadians like to brag that they could send two mens' hockey teams to the Winter Olympics, and both would have a pretty good shot at winning gold.
That's arguably true, and mostly irrelevant.
Canada's celebrated depth comes into play if injuries strike in the days and weeks leading up to the tournament.
But when the Games start, you don't earn points for the quality of the guys you left home.
Cut each national pool down to a single team, and the skill difference between Canada and the United States becomes very thin.
For starters, the Americans will head to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games with what might be the world's best goaltending tandem.
That's the best news you could hope for in a short tournament with single-elimination playoff games.
So who else should represent the United States in the quest to turn a 2010 silver medal into a 2014 gold?
Here are 23 early picks for Team USA.
See also: A Projected Team Canada Roster for 2014.
Photo: Is T.J. Oshie a 2014 Olympian? (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)