(Hello, this is a feature that will run through the entire season and aims to recap the weekend’s events and boils those events down to one admittedly superficial fact or stupid opinion about each team. Feel free to complain about it)
Every year, many NHL teams will grant a small number of teenagers the requisite maximum nine-game tryout before sending them back to junior or, in some cases, to the AHL.
This gives the teams the chance to evaluate where those players are in their development paths, and where they stand relative to both expectations and actual NHL talent. It also gives players to show off their skills and potentially impress their way onto the full-time roster.
It is, however, exceptionally rare for teenagers to stick around with their NHL teams, because in the vast majority of cases, they simply aren't ready for the rigors of playing 82 games against grown men who happen to be the best in the world at what they do.
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