It's a time for prospects to shine, superstars to get back to hockey after a long summer, offseason signings to get used to their new team, coaches to test out line pairings, depth charts to be determined, and television broadcasts to work out their technical difficulties.
Indeed, NHL training camps and preseason games are not meaningless at all. In fact, some major winners and losers from this preseason may have already proven something, or left something to prove, heading into the 2010-2011 NHL season.
Teams around the league played anywhere from five to nine games this September, slowly working towards their opening day roster while getting a first glimpse of their new team. While we watched, it was clear that some teams brought more to the table than others.
Whether it was simply the result of a reluctance to risk injury or if it was a true sign of things to come is yet to be seen, but there's no question that a few teams might go into the season with a little more, or perhaps less, confidence than we would've figured. Here are a few major preseason winners and losers that might want to take their relative training camp success seriously.