Predictions for 2026 Winter Olympics Hockey Team Rosters

From Friday, Feb 6, 2026 until Sunday, Feb 22, 2026, the 2026 Winter Olympics will be held in Italy. Officially touted as the XXV Olympic Winter Games (also known as Milano Cortina 2026), is scheduled to take place from February 6 through to February 22, 2026 in Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo. Cortina d’Ampezzo is a ski resort town found in northern Italy.

Should the NHL and the NHLPA agree on participating in the Winter Olympics in 2026, imagine what the rosters will look like? We looked at five hockey nations and what there potential rosters could look like for the tournament. While it is unlikely that Russia will be allowed to participate we did include a potential roster for a Russian Olympic team along with Finland, Sweden, the United States and Canada.

Selection Criteria

To keep it simple we stuck with the standard format of twelve forwards, six defensemen and three goaltenders.  We have also included two extra forward spots and two extra defensemen spots.

Team Finland

Team Finland looks to boast a strong forward contingent and a solid defensive corps. The one area in question, which is a bit surprising, may be in goal.  Still could be in running for an Olympic medal in 2026.

Left WingCentreRight Wing
Patrik Laine – CBJAleksander Barkov – FLAMikko Rantanen – COL
Erik Haula – NJDRoope Hintz – DALKasperi Kapanen – STL
Teuvo Teravainen – CARSebastian Aho – CARJoel Armia – MTL
Toni Rajala – EHC BielMikael Granlund – NSHEeli Tolvanen – SEA
Eetu Luostarinen – FLAJesperi Kotkaniemi – CAR
Left DefenseRight Defense
Miro Heiskanen – DALEsa Lindell – DAL
Olli Maatta – DETRasmus Ristolainen – PHI
Juuso Välimäki – ARISami Vatanen – Geneve- Servette
Ville Pokka – FinlandJani Hakanpää – DAL
Juuse Saros – NSH
Ville Husso – DET
Harri Sateri – ARZ
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Team Sweden

Here is a look at the potential 2026 Team Sweden Olympic roster.  They look pretty strong on the back end with solid goaltending and some strong offensive weapons.  Always a threat to medal.

Left WingCentreRight Wing
Filip Forsberg – NSHElias Pettersson – VANMika Zibanejad – NYR
Jesper Bratt – NJDElias Lindholm – CGYWilliam Nylander – TOR
Marcus Johansson – MINMikael Backlund – CGYViktor Arvidsson – LA
Pierre Engvall – NYIWilliam Karlsson – VGKVictor Olofsson – BUF
Adrian Kempe – LAJoel Eriksson Ek – MIN
Left DefenseRight Defense
Victor Hedman – TBErik Karlsson – SJ
Hampus Lindholm – BOSAdam Larsson – SEA
Rasmus Dahlen – BUFMattias Ekholm – EDM
Erik Gustafsson – CHIGustav Forsling – FLA
Linus Ullmark – BOS
Jacob Markström – CGY
Filip Gustavsson – MIN
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Team Russia

Should Team Russia be allowed to participate (and there is nothing to suggest that they will), the 2026 Russian Men’s hockey team may consist of something like this:

Left WingCentreRight Wing
Kirill Kaprizov – MinEvgeni Malkin – PITNikita Kucherov – TB
Artemi Panarin – NYRYegor Sharangovich – CGYAlex Radulov – Ak Bars Kazan
Alex Ovechkin – WSHEvgeny Kuznetsov – WSHPavel Buchnevich – STL
Andrei Kuzmenko – VANIvan Barbashev -VGKDmitri Jaskin – SKA S. Petersburg
Artturi Lehkonen – COLNikita Gusev – SKA St. Petersburg
Ivan Provorov – CBJAlexander Romanov – NYI
Dmitry Orlov – CARMikhail Sergachev – TB
Vladislav Gavrikov – LAAlexander Nikishin – SKA S Petrsburg
Nikita Zadorov – CGYNikita Nesterov – CSKA Moskva
Igor Shesterkin – NYR
Andrei Vasilevskiy – TB
Alexandar Georgiev – COL

Team Russia would be a formidable threat with the trio of goaltenders.

Team USA

The red, white and blue will be icing a very solid team with a number of veterans and young guns alike.  Some decent goaltending and should be the highest scoring team in the tournament (again providing that the NHL and NHLPA agree to let players participate in the Olympic games).

Left WingCentreRight Wing
Matthew Tkachuk – FLAAuston Matthews – TORAlex DeBrincat – DET
Brady Tkachuk – OTTJack Hughes – NJClayton Keller – ARI
Jason Robertson – DALJack Eichel – VGKConor Garland – VAN
Johnny Gaudreau – CBJJ.T. Miller – VANPatrick Kane – NYR
Kyle Connor – WPGTage Thompson – BUF
Left DefenseRight Defense
Quinn Hughes – VANAdam Fox – NYR
Noah Hanifin – CGYCharlie McAvoy – BOS
Shayne Gostisbehere – DETJustin Faulk – STL
K’Andre Miller – NYRJaccob Slavin – CAR
Connor Hellebuyck – WPG
Jake Oettinger – DAL
Jeremy Swayman – BOS
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Team Czechia

Team Czechia would be no slouch at the Olympic games either.

Left WingCentreRight Wing
Dominik Kubalík – OTTDavid Krejci – BOSDavid Pastrnak – BOS
David Kämpf – TORTomas Hertl – SJMartin Nečas – CAR
Jakub Vrána – STLPavel Zacha – BOSMichael Špaček – HC-Ambri-Piotta
Tomas Tatar – NJDFilip Chytil – NYRJiri Cernoch – HC Karlovy Vary
Dominik Simon – ANAJiri Smejkal – Pelicans Lahti
Radim Simek – SJFilip Hronek – VAN
Michal Kempný – WSHMichael Spacek – Frolunda
Davis Sklenicka – Karput OuluDavid Jiříček – Skoda Plzen
Vitek Vanecek – NJD
Karel Vejmelka – ARI
Lukas Dostal – ANA
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Team Canada

And of course, there is Team Canada.  We have a couple of players that some of o the so-called hockey experts might ignore.  There is no doubt that these players have earned the right for consideration.  Offensively Team Canada will be as strong as any team in the tournament save possible the US team.  Size and speed on the back end. The one area where Canadian fans may be a little nervous is in the crease.

Left WingCentreRight Wing
Zach Hyman – EDMConnor Mc David – EDMMitchell Marner – TOR
Connor Bedard – CHISidney Crosby – PITBrayden Point – TB
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – EDMNathan Mackinnon – COLMark Scheifele – WPG
Jamie Benn – DALSteven Stamkos – TBOwen Tippett – PHI
Jared McCann – SEANick Suzuki – MTL
Thomas Chabot – OTTCale Makar – COL
Morgan Rielly – TORDougie Hamilton – NJD
Josh Morrissey – WPG Brent Burns – CAR
Evan Bouchard – EDMVince Dunn – SEA
Marc-Andre Fleury – MIN
Carter Hart – PHI
Adin Hill – VGK
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There will be high expectations for Team Canada with the game’s greatest player in Connor McDavid finally getting a chance to play best on best with hockey’s elite. There are four to five teams who could all win gold, and you never know with a few upsets a solid bet could miss securing a medal altogether. Canadian brass will most likely add Connor Bedard (he didn’t make our list as he has yet to play an NHL game). Expect that the young Blackhawk will receive some consideration for the team.

Let’s hope that we get a true best on best tournament at the 2026 Winter Olympics.