For the 14 NHL teams who won't be playing any towel-waving, hard-hitting playoff hockey games this spring, the lockout-shortened 2013 season proved more of a revealing examination than a utopian success story.
Somewhere, deep within the talented roster that composes any professional hockey club, a fatal flaw or disastrous hole was uncovered that doomed this fast-paced campaign.
And, as next October's new season begins its tantalizing six-month approach, each of those ruinous vacancies must be both fixed and resolved. Whether through June's draft, July's free agency or a trade somewhere in between, every non-playoff team will have some work to do in the coming months.
Which players should be targeted in order to fill each of those gaps? We point out and analyze one prospect or free agent that each of the 14 non-qualifying clubs should pursue this summer on the coming slides.
Note: For the sake of diversity, each player is listed only for one realistic team, regardless of the widespread interest they may garner.