They've been riding buses all season, working hard to get noticed by scouts. A minor league player is in transition, and that means if he's not moving forward, someone is gaining on him.
The period after the trade deadline gives teams outside of the playoff picture a chance to call up their best prospects to see if they've made progress during the long winter. Contending teams may call on prospects in times of injury or employ them to give veterans a rest.
A strong impression may mean an NHL job next season. Here are 10 players who could get the call to the NHL in the next few weeks.