Is it October, yet?
While the hockey world is gearing up for the most exciting spectacle in all of sports, a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Finals, the eternal pessimist in me can't help but think of it as the final shred of meaningful NHL hockey we'll be seeing for three and a half months.
So, while most are stuck analyzing the fantastic season that was in the NHL, the progressive fans are set to take speculate on what figures to be another season for the ages.
Which players are going to take the step into the league's elite this season, and which players might fall out of favor?
Here's a look at my projected top 50 NHL players for the upcoming 2011-2012 season, complete with video of each star on the list. Enjoy.