And then there were 23.
After starting with 55 players in attendance three weeks ago, Nashville's Training Camp is officially over, and the Predators have set their Opening Night roster ahead of Thursday's meeting against the Seattle Kraken to start the 2021-22 season.
Over that 21-day span, the Preds won four of their six preseason outings - and only lost once in regulation - while coming together and accomplishing exactly what they set out to do in the first normal training camp since 2019.
The systems, the special teams, the conditioning, the bonding - that's all been taken care of while maintaining a fresh outlook every day in a process that could easily become monotonous with the same routine day after day.
Instead, there's been a different energy around the group, and it's left a feeling of anticipation for what's to come when the puck drops for real.