As with the start of any sports season, anticipation has given way to enjoyment now that the NHL has kicked off its 2011-2012 schedule.
In addition to the predictions for Stanley Cup champions, postseason award winners and biggest disappointments of the year, it's always fun to throw out the names of NHL rookies and sophomores who are expected to (hopefully) blossom into league superstars.
After all, who doesn't love being able to tell his friends, "See? I always knew he'd end up in the Hall of Fame!"
So here's my take on this season's potential attention-grabbing youngsters. Because I'm always looking for a reason to brag about obscure predictions I may or may not have made.
In no particular order, these are the names of first- or second-year NHLers who have the best shot at fulfilling the almost always unreasonable expectations placed upon them by scouts and fans alike...