Late in the 2009-10 season, Logan Couture was skating in the AHL when he got the call from San Jose. After a 32-goal, 56-point rookie season last year, he won't have to worry about meal money again.
As the 2011-12 season progresses, there are some kids around the AHL that are fighting for respect within their organizations and, if available, a spot on an NHL roster. While we can't project injury opportunities, we can look at some of the top prospects around the AHL and see who might have a fighting chance at cracking the NHL.
Here are 10 prospects, all currently in the AHL, that might get the same phone call Couture did in the spring of 2010.