SOCHI -- Go back and read about the potential United States team for the 2014 Sochi Olympics when rosters were being projected in the summer.
There was a lot written about the incredible depth the Americans possess in goal, but there also were a lot of reservations about the team's ability to stack up with the other superpowers up front. The general line of thinking was the United States possessed a lot of skilled players but few truly dynamic goal scorers.
Flash forward to Thursday, when the Americans face Slovakia in their opening game of the Olympic tournament at Shayba Arena (7:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN). Several forwards on the U.S. roster are having breakout offensive campaigns in the 2013-14 NHL season.
Concerns about whether or not the United States had enough offensive talent to compete with Canada, Russia and Sweden may have been oversold.