The sad thing is it won't even be that level. This past summer the US actually did quite well in the WC. They choked in the quarters but in the preliminary round they went 6-1 winning their group while beating Russia and eventual champs Sweden in the process. That team was almost entirely composed of NHL players who's teams missed the playoffs though. This team should be far below that.
I don't know a ton about this year's field since I've never heard of 99% of the players. The general sense I'm getting from people who know more than me is that Russia is in a tier by itself. Canada, Sweden, and Finland make up tier 2. Us and The Czechs make up tier 3 with everyone else below us. Hopefully we just take care of business against Slovakia and Slovenia and then maybe we'll have a shot at sneaking into the semis with a favorable draw in the playoff round.
It's a shame though, an NHL team would have likely been the most talented US team ever assembled. With 2022 being in Beijing (A market the NHL wants to break into) and with CBA talks coming up, I'm hopeful we'll get NHL players back in 4 years. This will always be a missed chance though.