After recent news that Olympic participation is included in the NHL and NHLPA's modified collective bargaining agreement, it's time for hockey fans to begin thinking ahead to what the tournament may look like.
The NHL skipped the 2018 games in PyeongChang, but pending an agreement with the International Olympic Committee, the biggest stars in the world will gather in Beijing in 2022 for a true best-on-best event.
In light of that, we're projecting the rosters for the top six countries involved, beginning with Team Canada.
Head coach: Jon Cooper
Mike Babcock led two separate well-oiled Canadian machines to gold medals in 2010 and 2014. But he was fired from the Toronto Maple Leafs for failing to get the most out of his star-studded roster, and it's tough to imagine him earning the nod to bear the nation's gold-or-bust responsibility again without holding an NHL job.
Babcock could be back in the league by February 2022, but we're giving the Team Canada gig to Cooper, the NHL's longest-tenured head coach. With the Tampa Bay Lightning, Cooper has proven he's adept at managing a team full of superstars.
Jonathan Huberdeau (28)Connor McDavid (25)Steven Stamkos (31)
Mark Scheifele (28)Nathan MacKinnon (26)Mark Stone (29)
Brad Marchand (33)Sidney Crosby (34)Patrice Bergeron (36)
Brayden Point (25)John Tavares (31)Mitch Marner (24)