Over two months into the NHL lockout, it may seem that everyone loses in this situation. Well, that’s not quite the case, as plenty of the league’s top prospects benefit from the work stoppage.
A year outside the NHL to develop could end up helping a lot of hockey prospects. Those in the AHL and European leagues will benefit from the competition provided by locked-out players.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have some of the best prospects in the league, while other teams, like the Calgary Flames, are slowly growing their organization’s depth.
When the league and the NHL Players Association do finally come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement, the debut of some of these prospects will be one of the most exciting things to watch for in the NHL.
But in the meantime, these players continue to get better and better. Here are nine NHL prospects that are benefiting from the lockout.