NHL Lockout: 25 Players Missing out on Their Breakout Year

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NHL Lockout: 25 Players Missing out on Their Breakout Year
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When it comes to hockey in 2012-13, the spotlight is on the NHL Lockout.

The frustrating labor dispute has already cancelled a plethora of preseason games (via The Washington Post) and is threatening to repeat (via Forbes) the 2004-05 debacle that cost the sport an entire season.

We all know what it feels like to be without our favorite hockey clubs, but sometimes we forget just how far the implications of a season may go. A cancelled season can cost a veteran one last shot at the Stanley Cup. It can also delay the breakout of a future star.

Hockey is rapidly becoming a young man's sport, as we have seen from the immediate impact of players like Alexander Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, Steven Stamkos and John Tavares in their rookie and subsequent years.

Thus, missing out on part or all of a season pushes back the development of the next class of household names. Some rookies are biting at the bit to burst onto the scene, while other players have a year or two of experience but are presented with the opportunity to really grab the NHL by storm.

These are 25 young players who are missing out on a chance to make a name for themselves in the NHL, all thanks to a ridiculous labor dispute.

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