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Neutral Zone Wrap: Better Get Youth To It

Evan Berofsky

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Struggling clubs have historically employed youth with greater frequency when they know the playoffs are out of reach. But it seems as if more teams nowadays have copied the same approach regardless of record. It's almost as if they realize that capable bodies and fresh legs late in the season will provide energy and allow workhorses to rest a little bit. Logic is a funny thing when it actually makes sense.

To follow last week's projected duds from here on in, here are their useful compatriots. Give any of these guys a try for the remainder of the season; you're guaranteed to do well*. It's no coincidence all are under the age of 30. We've even highlighted a couple teenagers for good measure.

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