NHL: 10 Players Who Would Benefit from Taking the Season off

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NHL: 10 Players Who Would Benefit from Taking the Season off
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Hockey fans everywhere are hoping the NHL lockout is over quickly and that the season gets underway as soon as possible.

But there are a few players out there who actually may benefit if the league doesn't play at all in 2012-13.

It happened during the last lockout in 2004-05. The year before the lockout, Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes was a teenaged rookie who scored 11 goals and 31 points. The 'Canes sent Staal to the AHL during the lockout where he scored a point a game. When the NHL resumed a year later, Staal was a more mature and confident player and he scored 45 goals and 100 points for Carolina in 2005-06.

There are different reasons why, but here's a look at 10 players who actually may benefit if there is no 2012-13 NHL season. They are presented in no particular order.

Feel free to add a player you think I may have missed or to comment on any players on this list.

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