It's the stars who bring many fans out of their seats and draw so many pairs of eyes to the game.
That's not going to change any time soon, and great players like Sidney Crosby, Steven Stamkos, Zdeno Chara and Henrik Lundqvist are likely to be at the top of the list when it comes to the Hart Trophy (MVP), Norris Trophy (best defenseman) and Vezina Trophy (best goaltender) in the 2013-14 season.
However, those superstars have to be at their best if they want to remain on top, as there's a new generation of stars coming after them.
Some of those players are rookies who are going to try to take over, while others find themselves in new and more favorable situations.
Here's a look at the biggest up-and-coming players who will have a larger impact this season and beyond.