Now that the NHL and the NHL Players' Association have come to a tentative agreement that has saved the season (h/t Yahoo! Sports), the players will be asked to sprint for 48 games to determine who makes the playoffs.
Some players have tried to stay game-ready by playing in European hockey leagues like the KHL. Some have done just that, while others have failed in their European efforts.
Some young players and veteran players may suffer because they will not have a full training camp and a chance to learn their team's system.
Some players may benefit from the shortened season, but here's a look at eight players who may have a hard time with the adjustment.