In a world without the Omicron alternative tearing through the National Hockey League, Las Vegas Golden Knights defenceman Alex Pietrangelo would anchor the blue line for the Canadian guys's hockey group at the 2022 Winter Games.

Rather, Canadian hockey fans can eagerly anticipate seeing "the next Alex Pietrangelo"-- NCAA rearguard Owen Power-- with the Maple Leaf on his chest and gold on the line at the Beijing Games.

Power, like Pietrangelo, is blessed with elite vision, size and movement. Power, like Pietrangelo, slows the game down and passes with accuracy, serving as an offensive threat on every shift.

Sure, hockey fans would rather witness the very best hockey gamers in the world-- such as Pietrangelo, Connor McDavid and Sidney Crosby-- take on for Olympic gold for the very first time since the 2014 Sochi Games. But the NHL formally took out in December with a record variety of gamers, coaches and group personnel testing favorable for the coronavirus. (As of Wednesday,104 NHL games had been held off due to the fact that of COVID-19 issues.)

Hockey Canada is scrambling to patch together a group consisting mainly of Canadians playing overseas, American Hockey League gamers and a sprinkling of young stars from the junior ranks and the NCAA.

Former NHLer Devan Dubnyk is anticipated to be one of the goaltenders on Canada's males's Olympic hockey team.(Getty Images) The hope is that youth-- integrated with recent NHL experience from the similarity Eric Staal, Jason Demers, Eric Fehr and Devan Dubnyk-- will show the magic elixir to turn bronze from the 2018 PyeongChang Games into gold in Beijing

."Any group that I've ever been on, that has had that success, has had that balance," Staal, 37, stated of the blend in between fresh-faced beginners, players in their prime and the sage greybeards.

The due date to name the group is Monday. From there, Hockey Canada is expected to host a men's Olympic training camp next week in Switzerland before travelling onto Beijing.

With previous Jack Adams Trophy winner Claude Julien behind the bench, Canada opens the tournament on Feb. 10 versus Germany. The Canadians then encounter the United States on Feb. 11.

Group USA general manager John Vanbiesbrouck has welcomed a full-on youth movement, naming 15 NCAA players to the Olympic lineup. Team Canada GM Shane Doan is not anticipated to go that far, but here's a breakdown of a few of the young guns in contention for Canadian roster spots.

Defenceman Owen Power, 19, University of Michigan (NCAA):The first total selection of the Buffalo Sabres in the 2021 entry draft, Power is probably among the very best gamers on the planet not presently playing in the NHL. The 6-foot-6, 213-pounder gathered three helps for Canada at the 2021 world championship, logging 24:13 of ice-time in the gold-medal victory over Finland. He then tantalized Canadian fans at the world junior championship by notching three goals and five points prior to the competition was stopped due to COVID-19 issues. All 3 goals can be found in one game versus the Czech Republic, making Power the very first Canadian defenceman to ever tape a hat-trick at the tournament. And while he draws comparisons to Pietrangelo, Power likewise advises some of Tampa Bay Lightning rearguard Victor Hedman, who has actually won the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenceman and the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable gamer in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Mason McTavish( 37 )scored two goals in nine games with the Anaheim Ducks this season before returning to his junior team.(Associated Press)

Centre Mason McTavish, 18, Hamilton Bull Dogs (OHL): Blessed with incredible offending impulses, McTavish is a pure objective scorer with a laser wrist shot and quick release. The 3rd total pick in last year's draft, McTavish scored 2 goals and 3 points in 9 video games this season with the Anaheim Ducks before returning to the junior ranks for another year of spices. The 6-foot-3, 213-pounder is a power forward who wins fights on the boards and produces havoc in front of the internet. Born in Switzerland, where his daddy Dale played professional hockey, McTavish wore last season for EHC Olten of the second division Swiss league. He scored nine objectives in 13 games versus older competition, which bodes well for his efficiency ought to he make the Olympic group.

Defenceman Kaiden Guhle, 20, Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL): Selected 16th overall by Montreal in 2020, the 6-foot-2, 199-pound Guhle is a strong skater who plays a penalizing style on the back end. From Sherwood Park. Alta., Guhle is a shutdown defenceman who stands out on the penalty kill and routinely lines up versus the leading gamers on the other group. In 23 WHL games this season with Prince Albert and Edmonton, the minute-munching Guhle has 3 objectives and 22 points.

Centre Kent Johnson, 19, University of Michigan (NCAA): Chosen fifth in the 2021 draft by Columbus, Johnson is a smooth playmaker who advises a few of Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane. The Port Moody, B.C., item has 6 goals and 29 points this season in 21 games with the Wolverines. At 6-foot-1, 167 pounds, Johnson's calling card is his creativity. Should he make the Olympic group, he'll require to resist the temptation to cheat offensively, as the opposition, at this level, will undoubtedly make him pay.

the NHL formally pulled out in December with a record number of gamers, coaches and team staff screening favorable for the coronavirus. Former NHLer Devan Dubnyk is expected to be one of the goaltenders on Canada's guys's Olympic hockey group. Group USA general supervisor John Vanbiesbrouck has actually embraced a full-on youth movement, naming 15 NCAA players to the Olympic lineup. Mason McTavish( 37 )scored two objectives in 9 games with the Anaheim Ducks this season before returning to his junior group. Alta., Guhle is a shutdown defenceman who excels on the charge kill and consistently lines up versus the leading players on the other team.