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Team USA's Jerry D'Amigo celebrates a goal in the final minutes of play during semifinal world junior hockey championship action versus Team Sweden in Saskatoon, Sask., Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010. Team USA won by 5-2. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Geoff Howe

GEOFF HOWE

Goaltender Mike Lee He has won the starting job - over Jack Campbell, who is younger and more highly regarded as an NHL prospect - based on shared history with U.S. head coach Dean Blais. They advanced to the United States Hockey League final with the Fargo Force last year, but Lee didn't face Canada in the preliminary round.

Forward Jerry D'Amigo The Toronto Maple Leafs draft pick (158th overall in 2009) has four goals in two medal-round games, and has been a catalyst. His 10 points are second on the team behind captain Derek Stepan, who leads the tournament with 12.

Forward Chris Kreider He played high-school hockey in the Boston area last year, but the New York Rangers draft pick (19th overall in 2009) has made a quantum leap in this tournament and doesn't look out of place. He is one of several American forwards with scintillating speed, and his five goals are tied for the team lead.

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