The NHL lockout is now over. Fans will now be able to enjoy watching their favorite players and teams instead of just following their stats in games overseas.
While the regular stars will be in full force (except possibly Ilya Kovalchuk, according to ESPN), the shortened season will also give some lesser-known players a chance to shine.
Fresh legs of younger players will allow for quicker recovery time between games and they will be able to dominate the veterans let in games.
Even non-hockey fans can name Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. However, by the end of this year's regular season and playoffs, this group of young stars will also move into the national spotlight.