Professional athletes in American sports leagues are measured by their physical prowess, speed and explosive strength in proportion to the general society. From a young age, many would-be athletes are sized up and their ability to play a sport is determined solely by their physical stature.
One of the reasons sports is so attractive to the American public mindset is the continuity and consistency these events and their players bring to our daily lives. Sports in our culture isn't just a form of entertainment but an extension of our hopes and dreams combined with a sense of civic pride.
Each year hockey players from the NCAA ranks find their way to become part of different NHL organizations and this year is no different. Despite the global pandemic that grips all of us and has paralyzed the sports world, NHL teams are still preparing for the future and signing future prospects to entry-level contracts (ELC's.)
During the mandatory NHL season hiatus, team general managers are still at work trying to find the right pieces to fill their rosters. Trade and draft moves need to be made not only in case this season does resume, but to make sure each NHL team is ready to compete for the Stanley Cup next year as well.
NHL teams must keep moving forward despite many of the obstacles that the current Covid-19 pandemic has caused with the suspension of the current season. The Nashville Predators are working on developing the future of their organization and have a number of top prospects ready to put on a Predators uniform down the road.
The 2019-2020 season has been turbulent and outright traumatic for many head coaches as eight organizations fired their team heads through the season suspension. Many of these head coaches have been very successful in their NHL careers and some firings still have fans scratching their heads as to why their team boss was removed.
The Nashville Predators have been fighting all season long to find their team identity and push forward to make a playoff run. The Predators have dealt with head coaching changes, a sluggish offense, uncertainty on the blue line and were largely silent at the NHL trade deadline.
Prior to the suspension of the NHL season due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Dallas Stars went from being in control of their own playoff destiny to being in danger of not making the Stanley Cup playoffs if/when the NHL resumes play.