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|Can put in big TOI||NHL Regular|
|Protected from tough TOI||NHL Project|
|Mid-to-High Value / Low Return||Questionable Roster Spot Zone|
|Low-to-Mid Value / High Return||Prime Trade Bait|
|Low-to-Mid Value / Low Return||Questionable Roster Spot Zone|
|Low Risk Prospects||AHL Prospect|
|Unwanted Elsewhere||Dump Zone|
The Buffer Zones
(High Value / High Return) - Established player with lower risk and lower profit.
A player who is undoubtedly going to be a (1) franchise player or (2) an NHL regular but still needs a lot of work. (Mid-to-High Value / High Return)
High Value / Low Return - Questionable Roster Zone:
This player is not quite on the top 2 lines, but not quite in a checking role either. However, they wouldn't bring back enough to seriously consider trading them right this moment.
Small Value / Low Return - Questionable Roster Zone:
What role does this player have? 13th Forward? 7h Defenseman? Or below that... ? The NHL player has shown the pluck to make the big club and perhaps stick around for a while - but their role is ambiguous on the team.