NHL Lockout & the New Jersey Devils: 9 Players Who Gain from Time in the AHL

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NHL Lockout & the New Jersey Devils: 9 Players Who Gain from Time in the AHL
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Mattias Tedenby Can Gain Most From A Prolonged Work Stoppage

The NHL lockout continues to drag on for over a month. On Tuesday, the NHL and the Players Association met to discuss the league’s latest proposal. The NHL seems to show urgency, giving the proposal with the intention of salvaging an 82-game season that would start on November 2. As TSN points out, the NHLPA is expected to respond to the proposal today. While this urgency to get things done is a positive step forward, the lockout is most likely not ending just yet. If the NHL lockout does continue, it may be a blessing in disguise for development of some New Jersey Devils prospects.

The longer the NHL lockout drags on, the longer Adam Henrique, Adam Larsson, Jacob Josefson and other young regulars on the NHL roster will suit up in the American Hockey League for the Albany Devils. Not only can extended time in Albany aid these young expats, but it will be even more beneficial for fringe NHLers and prospects looking to be called up after the lockout finally ends, such as Mattias Tedenby, Bobby Butler, Eric Gelinas, Alexander Urbom and others.

While fans, players and owners alike hope the NHL lockout meets a swift death, if the work stoppage continues it allows the chance for many young Devils to flourish.

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