For some, training camp is simply a chance to get back into game shape and fine tune skills before the 2017-18 regular season begins. Trying to make an impression or wondering if and when they may be sent to the minors isn't a thought.
Then there are others currently on the Nashville Predators roster - 55 in total as of now - battling for what may be just a few spots up for grabs on the NHL ledger, which must be finalized by Oct. 3, less than three weeks away.
Forwards Frederick Gaudreau and Cody Bass know they fit into this category. Nothing is guaranteed and everything must be earned for players like them, each with their own unique services to offer on the ice.
How they perform in the coming days will determine where they find themselves residing at the beginning of the next month, but who doesn't love a good challenge? Gaudreau and Bass have no choice.