One of the most interesting early-season story lines in every NHL year is the "will he stay, will he go" dance that teams take with their young, Junior Eligible prospects.
It's these choices that really bring to light not only the approaches that general managers and coaches are taking with their teams early in the year but also moving forward. The lockout didn't stunt the impact and newsworthiness of these developmental choices.
When the Ottawa Senators decided to prevent prospect Mika Zibanejad from playing in the recent World Junior Championships, the Swedes were livid.
Such is the nature of developing prospects.
Much goes into the decision to keep a player or send him back to Juniors.
Will he be able to play top-end minutes in the NHL if we keep him? Does he have anything left to learn in Juniors? Does the coaching staff of his Junior team develop players appropriately?
And so on.
Here's a look at 10 tough choices that teams have made with their young players.