The American Hockey League could be in for a banner year if the NHL locks out its players.

AHL president Dave Andrews isnít praying for the big league to shut its doors, but he knows it would mean an influx of talented players, a surge in attendance and greater media attention for "whatever period of time we are the top league in North America."

It happened during the NHL lockout that wiped out the entire 2004-05 campaign, when young stars like Jason Spezza, Eric Staal, Michael Cammalleri, Patrice Bergeron and Dustin Brown were shipped to their clubsí AHL affiliates for the season.
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