Keep your eye on the kids
Last time out,
Many teams are heading down the road of "draft and dress" when it comes to building their rosters. In Edmonton,
In Hall's situation, it's obvious that the Oilers are in a complete rebuild mode and as such he will get plenty of ice time -- just like the previous overall number one pick,
This season, keep an eye on the progress of my top five under-the-radar rookie successes from 2009-10 (the Colorado Avalanche deserve a list of their own):
Fraser, in particular, is an example of how youth can play a role in a place like New Jersey or Detroit where assembling veteran teams is still how those organizations prefer to operate. A 6' 3", 220-pound, stay-at-home defenseman, Fraser is a prototypical Devil who had become so invisible during his three seasons at Lowell of the AHL that team brass practically had to be reminded of who he was. The Devils' third-round (84th overall) pick in 2005, he was running out of minor league options if the big club didn't have a place for him. What was the organization going to do with him?
Given a chance in New Jersey last season, Fraser played 61 games on the Devils' third pairing and made a smooth transition to the NHL, distinguishing himself as a dependable defender and solid depth option heading into this season. Fraser, who turns 24 on Sept. 29, will still be the youngest blueliner on the team this season and the second youngest player on the roster if winger
In Detroit, the Red Wings have worked in some young players, particularly goaltender
Having Hudler again has to be to the liking of coach
Everywhere you look this season, you'll see kids starting to blossom, and for teams trying to win while they navigate the cap, that's a great blessing.