Here’s a look at Team USA’s lineup for its pre-tournament game against Finland. With some brief notes.
John Gaudreau – J.T. Miller – Rocco Grimaldi
Alex Galchenyuk – Vince Trocheck – Riley Barber
Blake Pietila – Cole Bardreau – Ryan Hartman
Stefan Matteau – Sean Kuraly – Tyler Biggs
Mike Reilly – Seth Jones
Shayne Gostisbehere – Jacob Trouba
Jake McCabe – Connor Murphy
Scratched: Brady Skjei, Patrick Sieloff, Jim Vesey, Garret Sparks
— With the exception of Garret Sparks, it appears the three players scratched are going to be your cuts. There may be one change left to make, but don’t count on it.
— If that’s the case, Team USA is going with skill over braun on the blue line. With potentially weak scoring depth, having contributors on D will be helpful.
Will have more thoughts after the game.