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Justin Schultz - Okla. City Barons (EDM)
While the NHL bickers, the AHL continues to reap the benefits of the lockout in the form of some of the NHL's youngest stars.
Each AHL team is sure to have at least one or two players on the team right now that would be a top six forward or top four defenseman in the NHL. Some teams have entire lines on the team, like the Oklahoma City Barons, the affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers, who have the ability to roll a Taylor Hall - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle line.
Currently in the AHL right now, beyond the stacked Barons roster, are a number of top NHL talents such as: Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier - Adirondack Phantoms (PHI), Cody Hodgson and Marcus Foligno - Rochester Americans (BUF), Oliver Ekman-Larsson - Portland Pirates (PHX), Chris Kreider and J.T. Miller - Connecticut Whale (NYR) and Sven Baerstchi - Abbotsford Heat (CAL).
It's safe to say that if you have the opportunity to watch any of these players, it is worth your while to do so. Eberle and Justin Schultz of the Barons currently share the points lead in the league with 38 points in 26 games, and they're only getting hotter.
This list does not include the guys that will surprise in the AHL this year and make a run at an NHL roster, of which there are a couple each year. Last year's AHL MVP Cory Conacher is an excellent example of that, and had the NHL had a training camp he would have been afforded every opportunity to make the Tampa Bay Lightning.