The NHL has undoubtedly done an incredible job in executing the 2020 playoffs.

After the league got put on pause when the world shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the league picked up and executed a 24-team playoff between two bubble cities, Edmonton and Toronto.

Save for some frustration around low-seeded teams making the playoffs and a strange draft lottery situation, everything has worked out well in the league’s return to play. We’re now in the Conference Finals and, if all goes well, somebody will be lifting the Stanley Cup at Rogers Place in a few weeks.

But the challenge certainly doesn’t end here — it only gets bigger.

As the playoffs wind down and we move into the off-season, the league is going to have to determine how to execute the 2020-21 season, a challenge that features even more hurdles than this summer’s tournament did.