Tickets are sold out. Ratings are up. And most importantly, fans are exited.
I guess the lockout wasn't that bad after all (you know, despite missing a few months of hockey action).
There are plenty of teams that would agree with that sentiment as well; the lockout provides them with an edge compared to many of their competitors.
One prime example is the Anaheim Ducks, a team that relies heavily on the chemistry developed by the top line of Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Bobby Ryan. That cohesiveness is well-established and they're liable to pick up right where they left off last season. Additionally, the lockout gave 42-year-old Teemu Selanne some time to rest his legs, which have accrued a number of miles throughout the year. Oh, and Jonas Hiller is finally healthy after his bout with vertigo.
There are other teams like the Ducks, and there are teams on the other end of the spectrum that are armed with youth—enough to combat the rigors of a truncated season.
Which teams are those? Check out in the video above.