Photo: Defenseman Brandon Manning is the top scorer for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms this season, with 20 points through 26 games. (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)
After moving from their home of Adirondack, the Phantoms are now underway in their first season in Allentown, Pennsylvania, at the PPL Center. But the Philadelphia Flyers‘ AHL affiliate has struggled, and many of the team’s top players have spent time at the NHL level.
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Photo: Anaheim Ducks forward Rickard Rakell (#67) celebrates his first NHL goal with teammate Matt Beleskey (#39) during the Ducks 3-2 overtime win over the San Jose Sharks (courtesy of John Cordes/Icon Sportswire)
Monday night was a memorable one for Swedish players scoring their first NHL goals, with a trio of Swedes scoring their milestone goals in NHL action. The Columbus Blue Jackets‘ Alexander Wennberg scored his goal in a loss to the Nashville Predators, while the Anaheim Ducks‘ Rickard Rakell and the San Jose Sharks‘ Melker Karlsson took turns in a game won by the Ducks in overtime, 3-2. Read more »
Photo: Colorado Avalanche prospect Joey Hishon started slowly but is finding his game again (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)
The narratives down in Lake Erie and Fort Wayne are a lot different than in Denver. In the NHL, the Colorado Avalanche is struggling to stay out of the basement and currently sits in last place in the Central Division after claiming the title last year. In Cleveland, the Monsters are ninth in the AHL’s Western Conference but only four points away from fifth place with games in hand. In Fort Wayne, the Komets are at the top of the ECHL.
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Photo: Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Rob Zepp had not played in North America since the 2004-05 season, spending the last seven seasons playing in Germany (courtesy of Terrence Lee/Icon Sportswire)
It isn’t often that a player north of the age of 30 gets his first call-up to the NHL, let alone gets the chance to actually play in an NHL game. But that is exactly what happened to Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Rob Zepp, and Zepp made the most of the opportunity after the Flyers took a 4-3, come-from-behind win over the Winnipeg Jets to give their “rookie” goaltender his first NHL win. Read more »
Photo: Buffalo Sabres forward prospect Johan Larsson has split time between the Sabres and the AHL’s Rochester Americans this season (courtesy of Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)
Despite the return of their top scorers, an influx of new talent, and the continuing development of their top players, the Rochester Americans are having a disappointing season. After making the AHL playoffs in three consecutive years, the Amerks sit last in the North Division and 14th in the Western Conference. The team has just two wins in their past 10 games.
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Photo: Buffalo Sabres rookie forward Tim Schaller slides the puck under Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask to score his first NHL goal (courtesy of Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
Despite what would be considered an unsuccessful weekend in which they lost two games, the rebuilding Buffalo Sabres still received glimpses of a potentially better future with the first NHL goals from prospects Johan Larsson and Tim Schaller. Read more »
Photo: Lehigh Valley Phantoms defenseman and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Robert Hagg will be competing for Sweden in his third and final U20 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
While teams in the American Hockey League are enjoying a short break for the holidays, Philadelphia Flyers defensive prospect Robert Hagg is gearing up for his third appearance with Team Sweden at the 2015 U20 World Junior Championship, which gets underway on Friday in Montreal and Toronto. Read more »
Photo: Pittsburgh Penguins rookie defenseman Derrick Pouliot competed in 247 WHL games, scoring 42 goals and adding 163 assists for 205 points (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)
The Pittsburgh Penguins top prospect, defenseman Derrick Pouliot, made his NHL debut Saturday night a successful one as he netted his first NHL goal – the eventual game-winning goal – on his first shot in the Penguins 3-1 win over the Florida Panthers. Read more »
Photo: Prince George Cougars forward and St. Louis Blues prospect Zach Pochiro was a fourth round pick of the Blues at the 2013 NHL Draft (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
Like many prospects, Zach Pochiro has traveled a most interesting hockey road map, one that currently has the 20-year-old center in a position where he can try to thrive during his third WHL season with the Prince George Cougars. Read more »
Photo: Forward Nathan Walker continues to find a role in the Washington Capitals organization after being selected in the third round of the 2014 NHL Draft. Walker spent the 2013-14 season with the Capitals organization prior to being drafted. (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)
It has been an up and down season so far for the Washington Capital‘s AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears. Through the first 29 games of the 2014-15 season, they find themselves second in the East Division and seventh in the Eastern Conference with 32 points, sporting a 14-11-3-1 record.
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