David Poile should know this team better than anyone. After all, the Nashville Predators general manager, entering his 19th season with the club, is the only GM the franchise has ever known and has spent the past few seasons constructing a team he believes will be a contender.
But he's also been around long enough to know that the only thing that's certain in training camp is the uncertainty that comes with it.
"If I've learned anything over the years, we're very optimistic, but you just don't know what you have until you start playing," Poile said. "We made some significant changes last year. The team is going to be different, how we play is going to be different, our chemistry, our culture, our identity; we have to start figuring that out and getting that in training camp."