If the players sign a new CBA soon and there's a lockout shortened season, Daniel Cleary knows those in Europe and the AHL will have an advantage.
"Anybody who is playing is going to be at an advantage, for sure," said Cleary. "You can't duplicate the game speed. It'll take some time for guys who haven't played to get up to speed." It's something to remember if you end up drafting a fantasy team in December or January. Those that have already gotten a significant chunk of playing time in a league over the lockout should be taken before otherwise comparable players who only attended practices.