After the horrific news surrounding the cancellation of the 2013 Winter Classic last week, there's at least a little cause for optimism as the NHL and NHLPA engaged in a long meeting yesterday and reconvened today.
There's no guarantee anything will come of it, but at least it's something.
Without glimmers of hope like that, fans are left to ponder when they will ever see their favorite NHL squads hit the frozen surface again.
And without encouraging news like that, fans would be left to consider this season a lost cause.
It may yet come to that, and if it does, the projected stars of tomorrow will quickly become the stars of today.
With that, here's a look at the top eight untouchable prospects for the Philadelphia Flyers.