With hockey back in business, teams assembled and scrambled to reunite and squeeze as much physical and mental preparation out of a week of training camp as possible before the puck officially dropped.
The shortened 48-game season is now 10 days old. Some teams are prospering and picking up right where they left off last season. But still, others have gotten off to a lethargic start, desperately trying to regain their form before it’s too late.
A few teams will strongly benefit from a condensed regular season schedule, while others will be left in the dust.
This has been seen through the first week-and-a-half of the season.
We already know injuries, fatigue and other untimely occurrences—such as suspensions—will play a big factor with a shortened season.
But so will depth.
And the teams with depth are the ones that will prosper. The teams with depth will have the biggest edge over their opposition.