This article is part of our Neutral Zone Wrap series.
Vacations should be treated as a luxury. When you have the chance to break away, make it worth your while. Do the touristy things and have some fun. Don't go to a happening city like New Orleans and spend half your time indoors playing in a Scrabble tournament. That is, unless you can run the table for most of the event and end up earning a nice bit of change simply for knowing useless words.
Like out-of-town trips, multi-category performers should be used whenever possible to maximize their fantasy value. You know the ones: decent in points, but also helpful with secondary categories like penalty minutes, hits, and blocked shots. Don't stash these types of players on your bench, hoping for better opportunities down the road. Use them as much as you can now; worry about position limits later in the season. After all, their value won't increase if left in the original packaging.
NHL organizations also value this commodity in their personnel, although some of the output will never be found on any scoresheet. While heart, grit, and desire can only be expressed as intangibles, they are important in determining overall worth. Skaters can be naturally gifted and physically able, but nothing will happen if they exert the minimum amount of energy and display a negative attitude. Strong in mind, strong in body.
Let's look at five more teams and see who can contribute in combination, who's one-dimensional, who's giving full effort, and who needs to try a little