The truncated 2013 season could be a year in which a number of new NHL players raise their level of play and become breakout stars.
Some of those will be second-year players who had solid rookie seasons and will develop even more this season.
There's also at least four highly-touted rookies who have a chance to jump into the shortened season and make an immediate impact.
It's not just about physical talent (although that's probably the No. 1 factor), it's about having the courage to take the opportunity that has been given to you and skating with it.