USA vs. Canada, 2018 World Juniors: Which NHL teams have prospects in the game?

The most interesting game of the 2018 World Juniors preliminary stage goes down Friday between the United States and Canada at New Era Field. Not only is it the first outdoor game in the history of the tournament, but it’s also a rematch of last year’s gold medal game with major implications.

The Americans, despite a roster loaded with past and future NHL first-round picks, dropped a surprising game to Slovakia Thursday night. That same Slovakia team lost 6-0 to Canada just a day before, so it’s not exactly a strong sign for the U.S. entering a game on minimal rest that’ll be played in the freezing cold.

They’re still likely to advance to the playoff stage after opening the tournament with a 9-0 blowout win over Denmark, but losses to Canada and Finland in their next two games would put them in a brutal position going forward. Luckily, that opener showed how talented Team USA is, and a short turnaround gives the teenagers little time to dwell on their failings.

At the same time, if you’re an NHL fan, you’re probably sitting at home trying to figure out which prospects belong to which teams. CBS Sports’ Pete Blackburn recently suggested putting patches of NHL teams’ logos on players’ WJC jerseys, a good idea that hasn’t been implemented yet.

So to help your viewing experience, here’s a quick breakdown of the USA and Canada rosters by NHL affiliation. Click here to see the complete rosters for all 10 teams and key players to watch.

2018 NHL Draft prospects

USA forward Brady Tkachuk
USA defenseman Quinn Hughes
USA defenseman Scott Perunovich

Anaheim Ducks

USA forward Max Jones, 2016 first-round pick
Canada forward Sam Steel, 2016 first-round pick
Canada forward Maxime Comtois, 2017 second-round pick

Arizona Coyotes

Canada forward Tyler Steenbergen, 2017 fifth-round pick

Boston Bruins

USA forward Trent Frederic, 2016 first-round pick
USA defenseman Ryan Lindgren, 2016 second-round pick
USA goaltender Jeremy Swayman, 2017 fourth-round pick

Buffalo Sabres

USA forward Casey Mittelstadt, 2017 first-round pick

Calgary Flames

USA defenseman Adam Fox, 2016 third-round pick
Canada forward Dillon Dube, 2016 second-round pick

Carolina Hurricanes

Canada defenseman Jake Bean, 2016 first-round pick

Colorado Avalanche

Canada defenseman Cale Makar, 2017 first-round pick
Canada defenseman Conor Timmins, 2017 second-round pick

Columbus Blue Jackets

USA defenseman Andrew Peeke, 2016 second-round pick

Dallas Stars

USA forward Riley Tufte, 2016 first-round pick
USA goaltender Jake Oettinger, 2017 first-round pick
Canada goaltender Colton Point, 2016 fifth-round pick

Edmonton Oilers

USA forward Kailer Yamamoto, 2017 first-round pick

Los Angeles Kings

Canada defenseman Kale Clague, 2016 second-round pick
USA defenseman Mikey Anderson, 2017 fourth-round pick

Montreal Canadiens

USA forward Ryan Poehling, 2017 first-round pick
Canada defenseman Victor Mete, 2016 fourth-round pick

Nashville Predators

Canada defenseman Dante Fabbro, 2016 first-round pick
USA forward Patrick Harper, 2016 fifth-round pick

New Jersey Devils

USA forward Joey Anderson, 2016 third-round pick
Canada forward Michael McLeod, 2016 first-round pick

New York Islanders

USA forward Kieffer Bellows, 2016 first-round pick

Ottawa Senators

USA forward Logan Brown, 2016 first-round pick
Canada forward Alex Formenton, 2017 second-round pick
Canada forward Drake Batherson, 2017 fourth-round pick

Philadelphia Flyers

Canada goaltender Carter Hart, 2016 second-round pick

San Jose Sharks

USA forward Josh Norris, 2017 first-round pick

St. Louis Blues

Canada forward Robert Thomas, 2017 first-round pick
Canada forward Jordan Kyrou, 2016 second-round pick

Tampa Bay Lightning

Canada forward Brett Howden, 2016 first-round pick
Canada defenseman Cal Foote, 2017 first-round pick
Canada forward Boris Katchouk, 2016 second-round pick
Canada forward Taylor Raddysh, 2016 second-round pick

Toronto Maple Leafs

USA goaltender Joseph Woll, 2016 third-round pick

Vancouver Canucks

Canada forward Jonah Gadjovich, 2017 second-round pick

Winnipeg Jets

USA defenseman Dylan Samberg, 2017 second-round pick

Teams with no players: Blackhawks, Capitals, Golden Knights, Panthers, Penguins, Rangers, Red Wings, Wild

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