Thin Blue Line: Youth auditions
There's a certain advantage to playing for a nonplayoff team this time of year -- particularly for younger players who are in a position to carve out a positive impression for the future.
Teams with little to no chance of reaching the postseason will use the final week or two as an audition period, a stretch in which AHL call-ups and other hopefuls are given the opportunity to strut their stuff with plenty of on-ice minutes and little pressure. When nothing is on the line -- except, ...
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