The Top 50 Non-NHL Players of 2012

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The Top 50 Non-NHL Players of 2012
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For the fourth time in less than two decades, more than half of a calendar year has lacked any NHL hockey action, 2012 joining the infamous company of 1994, 2004 and 2005.

The current lockout has delayed dozens of debuts and forced fans to summon their emergency preparation kits, whether those would consist of the AHL, ECHL, CHL, NCAA, USHL, IIHF or any given overseas league.

With that said, each of those circuits have offered their share of appreciable hockey, as they always do. Now is the time to take a diverting, year-end world tour and review a variety of players who have stood out in those leagues which have continued on schedule without seeing significant NHL action in 2012.

The top 50 are as follows in alphabetical order.

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