Year after year, the North American Hockey League’s Central Division manages to make a case for itself as the best developmental opportunity in the league. The 2022-23 season has proven to be one of the most competitive ever.

Only nine points currently separate second place St. Cloud from sixth place Bismarck. And is there really any advantage (except maybe financial) when it comes to securing home-ice for being one of the top two teams? Austin is the only team (15-7-1-1) more than three games over .500 at home this season.

Look for plenty of fireworks and surprises in the playoffs as well.

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