It doesn't seem like too long ago that NHL fans and pundits alike were watching the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks battle for the Stanley Cup. Suddenly though, we all find ourselves in the dog days of the NHL offseason.
The draft is behind us, and the big bangs of free agency have already faded into echos.
Rookie development camps are underway, giving fans some perspective about their favorite team's future, while some safe assumptions can be made about certain teams heading into the 2014 season.
2013 will seem like a blip on the radar compared to an action-packed, 82-game season in 2014. Sprinting between various outdoor festivities and (hopefully) the Olympics, there are several teams that should see noticeable and noteworthy improvements in the upcoming season.