Read: The World Championships Could Have An Olympic Feel This Year

At ESPN.com, Pierre LeBrun writes that if the NHL season is cancelled then the annual World Championships this spring will have a very different feel than usual.

The World Championships take place during the playoffs so the top players usually don’t participate but that would change if there are no playoffs this year and the lockout takes out the whole season.

LeBrun speculates that the World Championships this spring would be similar to the tournament in 2005 which featured Rick Nash, Joe Thornton, Pavel Datsyuk and other locked out NHLers.

He writes “just consider it an Olympic tournament less than a year before the real Olympic tournament in Sochi, Russia.”

The World Championships take place in Stockholm and Helsinki and start on May 3.