Jordan Eberle on the Oklahoma City Barons?
Justin Faulk on the Charlotte Checkers?
Brayden Schenn on the Adirondack Phantoms?
With North America's 30 biggest hockey markets currently out of service, many of the NHL's most promising youngsters have flocked to AHL teams in some off-the-beaten-path locations.
Cody Hodgson in Rochester, New York? Ryan Johansen in Springfield, Illinois? Indeed, it's hard to believe, but that's the strange reality of the ongoing 2012 NHL lockout.
Fortunately, however, many AHL-eligible prospects have taken advantage of the increased spotlight and somewhat sub-par competition to establish themselves as some of the NHL's best up-and-coming youngsters—that is, whenever the NHL begins to exist again.
We point out eight youngsters particularly shining in the minor leagues on the coming slides.