Yes, it's true. The lockout will come to an end eventually, and when it does, there will be plenty of time to make playoff predictions, analyze player performances and pace furiously back and forth in your living room.
So what better time than now to take a look at some of the bright youngsters who may or may not be donning Ranger Blue in the near or not-so-near future.
Post 2004-05 lockout, the New York Rangers have been stockpiling quality prospects almost annually. Many have paid dividends for the club by becoming regulars on the starting roster, with some even assuming crucial leadership roles. This is all well and good, but is the continual graduating of players on a yearly basis depleting the team's prospect pool?
Whether or not that is true or not will be determined in the years to come, but in the meantime, here are seven prospects Rangers fans should keep their eyes on.
But before that, there must be some ground rules. For the purpose of this article, a prospect must be a player who is under the age of 25 and has played less than 65 games in the NHL as a skater or less than 45 games as a goalie. Similar to how the good people at Hockey's Future do it, but simplified.