Youngsters vying for roster spots
Because of tight-fisted spending, more talented rookies are close to cracking lineups this season.
- With all due respect to 2002-03 Calder Trophy winner Barret Jackman of the St. Louis Blues, last season's rookie class was unimpressive.
This season figures to be different as more rookies and more talented rookies are close to cracking lineups because of tight-fisted spending with the end of the collective bargaining agreement coming next summer. A bumper crop of draftees in this year's draft also has an unusually high number of 18- and 19-year-olds challenging for roster spots.
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