With yet another NHL lockout officially underway, the vast majority of the league's players will be in search of alternative places to play—whether it be in Europe or in one of North America's lower-tier levels of play.
Except for most prospects.
That's because for players still on their initial three-year rookie contracts, they're still eligible to suit up for AHL games.
As we saw during the 2004-05 NHL lockout, many young guns who had yet to prove themselves at the NHL level flourished during their time in the AHL and used that success as a stepping stone to NHL stardom.
Now, with more than a handful of teams having sent down some of their top players for AHL duty until a new collective bargaining agreement is hammered out, there are a few clubs who will emerge from this work stoppage stronger than they were beforehand.
Here's a look at a few teams who fall into that category.