Photo: While his team is in tough to make the AHL playoffs, San Antonio Rampage forward and Colorado Avalanche prospect Mikko Rantanen has been one of the top rookies in the AHL in 2015-16 (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)
The American Hockey League’s Western Conference playoff picture is going to solidify itself over the next couple weeks.
Teams have less than a dozen games remaining and a handful of key races have developed as the AHL turns its attention to the final four weeks. Read more»
Photo: Yan-Pavel Laplante, the Coyotes’ 62nd overall pick in 2013, split the 2013-14 season between the Charlottetown Islanders and Victoriaville Tigres in the QMJHL before making his pro debut with AHL Portland (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
In August of 2013, the Phoenix Coyotes were purchased by IceArizona. Operating under an autonomous ownership group for the first time since 2009, rumors and speculation of the club’s demise or relocation were finally put to rest.
Photo: Max Domi led London scorers with two points in a meager offensive showing from the Memorial Cup host Knights (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)
Prospects in the Phoenix Coyotes pool received very little playoff exposure in 2013-14. The Coyotes, as well as the AHL Portland Pirates and the ECHL Gwinnett Gladiators, all had down years and failed to qualify for postseason action.
Photo: Defenseman Connor Murphy skated in 30 games with Phoenix in 2013-14, finishing his first NHL stint with eight points and a plus-5 rating (courtesy of Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)
Several Phoenix Coyotes prospects achieved career-changing milestones in 2013-14. Jordan Szwarz and Connor Murphy made their NHL debuts. Others, like Tobias Rieder and Yan-Pavel Laplante, enjoyed their first taste of professional hockey with the Portland Pirates.
Photo: Norfolk Admirals goaltender and Anaheim Ducks prospect John Gibson was having a strong showing in the 2014 AHL playoffs before getting the call to play for the Ducks in Game 4 of their series against the Los Angeles Kings (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)
The 2014 AHL Calder Cup Playoffs are in mid-swing and there have been plenty of upsets in the Eastern Conference, which saw all three regular season division champions fall in the first round. While the Western Conference might have taken the spotlight winning most of the league’s awards and honors, there are plenty of Eastern Conference players who continue to show they’re ready to take on a larger role with their respective NHL affiliates next season.