As the puck drops to start the 2013-14 NHL season, we're about to see which teams' offseason moves paid off and which will leave fans frustrated and angry.
There was no shortage of action in the marketplace this summer with trades, free agents and even compliance buyouts. Additionally, young players and inexpensive journeymen are being given the chance to make names for themselves thanks to the salary restrictions of the new collective bargaining agreement.
Here's a look at the five teams that have improved the most in the first offseason under a brand-new system. Let's start at the bottom of last year's standings and work our way up.
Note: All stats from NHL.com.