Photo: Syracuse Crunch forward and Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Vladislav Namestnikov (#90) has been an important contributor since returning from the NHL to the AHL’s Northeast Division leaders (courtesy of Jerome Davis/Icon Sportswire)
There are less than 25 games remaining in the 2014-15 AHL regular season for all Eastern Conference teams, with the division-leading Syracuse Crunch, Manchester Monarchs and Hershey Bears holding the top three records in not only the conference, but in the entire AHL. This month, a look at the Northeast Division race and breaking down the two hottest teams in the league, who both happen to play in the East Division. Read more»
Photo: Andrey Vasilevskiy has been very good in his first season of North American hockey, posting a 10-3-5 record in 18 AHL starts. Vasilevskiy even saw several NHL starts in December, filling in for injured starter Ben Bishop. (courtesy of Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)
Having gone 6-2-2 in their last 10 games, the Syracuse Crunch are trending upward thanks to a well-stocked Tampa Bay Lightning prospect pool highlighted by some promising goaltenders and depth on the blue line.
Photo: Tampa Bay Lightning forward Cedric Paquette has split the 2014-15 season between the AHL and NHL. Paquette was picked in the fourth round of the 2012 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images)
Even with some of its most promising prospects graduating to NHL ranks in recent years, the Tampa Bay Lightning continue to boast one of the league’s most impressive prospect pools.
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.
Photo: Winger Sean Collins is one of several big-bodied forwards in the Blue Jackets system. Collins was drafted in the seventh round of the 2008 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Jason Mowry/Icon SMI)
The Springfield Falcons, the AHL affiliate for the Columbus Blue Jackets, are once again fielding a strong group of players and are at the top of the AHL's Northeast Division. Springfield is loaded with NHL quality prospects, many of whom have already seen some time in Columbus.