Viewing guide for Team USA at the World Junior Championship

Boston College center Colin White is a returning player for Team USA, and will be leaned upon to play a versatile role in this tournament. Roy K. Miller/Icon Sportswire

Team USA's strength for the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship is heavily tilted up front.

Their forward group is as good as anyone in the tournament, including Canada, but their defensive unit is thin as a wire.

As opposed to typical seasons in which the U.S. is clearly in a second tier behind Canada, they have a reasonably good shot to medal at this year's tournament.

Let's go player by player to get you ready for the event -- or as a handy viewing guide to follow along once the action gets started on Dec. 26.