It's a fresh new season, and the time of year that every team has plenty of reasons to be optimistic. San Jose and Colorado have star rookies, New Jersey and Florida have new goalies, and Vancouver and the Rangers are among those with new coaches. Every team has a secret weapon that it hopes will make 2013-14 its big year.
Lasting optimism can't be based on a pie-in-the-sky hope, but rather a true and proven team asset. This advantage has to be capable of a meaningful impact, not just two or three points in the final standings.
Even teams off to slow starts, like Edmonton, New Jersey and Ottawa, have almost explosive potential. Their reasons for optimism are just three of many that are not commonly known, or at the very least not to their full extent.
Let's take a look at the biggest reason each NHL team has to look on the bright side of life this season.
All advanced statistics are via writer's own original research unless otherwise noted.