Neutral Zone Wrap: Mars Lander
Neutral Zone Wrap: Mars Lander

This article is part of our Neutral Zone Wrap series.

The last few installments have, for the most part, covered known commodities. This week, let's look further down NHL and AHL lineups to see who has an outside chance of making headlines sometime during the next few months.

We're not talking about any Hail Marys here – something closer to a calculated long shot. Perhaps they excelled at previous levels, but are now buried on the depth chart. Or maybe people just forgot about them due to prolonged poor performance.

Who has an opportunity to come out of nowhere and post significant stats in 2016? Here are a few names recommended for deeper/dynasty leagues, but that doesn't mean any of them should be ignored in other formats:

T.J. Brennan, D, Toronto

Brennan's AHL resume looks ridiculously awesome: 405 games, 278 points. But due to defensive liabilities, the 2007 Buffalo draftee has only accumulated 46 NHL games with three teams over five seasons. He's off to another quick start with the Marlies (27 in 31), which should eventually earn him a call-up, considering the Leafs once again won't need to worry about reaching the playoffs.

Dmitrij Jaskin, RW, St. Louis

With all their talent, it's surprising to see the Blues struggle to put the puck in the net (22nd in the league at 2.41 goals per game). The forward corps always seems to carry multiple injuries, leaving the door open for an up-and-comer like Jaskin (one goal, six assists in 34) to move up. The 22-year-old Russian has all

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