Rookies arrived at NHL camps and made the most of a limited opportunity. With just a week to show what they could do, guys like Alex Galchenyuk of the Montreal Canadiens and Cory Conacher of the Tampa Bay Lighting didn't waste time showing that they belonged.
When hot-shot prospect Nail Yakupov came to North America to play in the Canadian Hockey League, he didn't know English well enough to get around. He leaned on an American friend who knew Russian, teammate Alex Galchenyuk, for translation as long as he could.
Dale Hunter is an institution in London, Ontario, a city of some 350,000 about 2½ hours from Detroit. It is a result of he and his brother Mark turning the hometown Knights from a laughingstock not too long ago into the New York Yankees of the Canadian Hockey League.