Here's 25 Players and their story lines we'll be watching in the 2011-12 NHL season.
The obvious one..
SIDNEY CROSBY, PIT - When and if he gets clearance to play.
MIKE RICHARDS, LA - Mike is one of my all time favourites and despite all the stuff out there I think the Kings got themselves a gem.
JAMES REIMER, TOR - How does he deal with being the number 1 goaltender, with big expectations and a new deal?
JEFF CARTER, CBJ - Can Carter find himself in Columbus or did Christopher have a better chance in 1492?
DREW DOUGHTY, LA - Coming off a bit of a rough year, how does he deal with that and becoming a very rich young man?
TIM THOMAS, BOS - Can the Bruin goaltender do it again after an incredible all world year?
TANGUAY/IGINLA, CAL - Can this Flames duo repeat their magic from last year in Calgary?
RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS, EDM - Can the young Oilers phenom perform for an entire regular season in the NHL the way he did in the preseason?
CLAUDE GIROUX, PHI - Is the young Flyer forward ready to move into the elite class of the league in Philly? My vote is a resounding yes!
DANY HEATLEY, MIN - Can "Heater" return to his old form in Minnesota?
ILYA BRYZGALOV, PHI - Not a bargain for the Flyers. Is he finally the answer to Philly's netminding woes?
MAX PACIORETTY, MTL - Was breaking out as an impact power forward until the Chara hit. Major setback or bump in the road?
MARIAN GABORIK, NYR - I still believe he can be a superstar in the NHL. Does Brad Richards bring that out of him?
COREY PERRY, ANA - A truly remarkable year for the Hart and Richard Trophy winner. Now what does he do for an encore?.
THOMAS FLEISCHMANN, FLA - Still convinced Fleischmann has star quality. Can he overcome health problems and bust out with the new look Panthers?
PETER MUELLER, COL - Crosby is the obvious concussion story to watch, but Mueller, a one time first round pick is finally back playing as well.
TEEMU SELANNE, ANA - Its seems ludicrous that anyone would doubt the Finnish Flash but I find it hard to believe we will see a repeat of 80 points at 41 years of age. The Vegas over/under of 52.5 agrees.
MIIKKA KIPRUSOFF, CAL - Played over 70 games last season. Flames brass is adamant it won't happen again. I'm not convinced.