Photo: Portland Pirates forward and Florida Panthers prospect Kyle Rau (#42) is currently tied for fourth in goals in the AHL with 13 in 27 games this season (courtesy of Derek Davis/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
As players return from the holiday break with the halfway point of the 2015-16 AHL season approaching, teams from each division in the AHL Eastern Conference have separated themselves from the rest of the field and created a logjam behind them battling for playoff position. Read more»
Photo: Grand Rapids Griffins forward Teemu Pulkkinen, shown here skating for the parent Detroit Red Wings, is tied for the lead among AHL rookie goal scorers with 27 on the season (courtesy of Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
The AHL regular season is about to hit its final month with April just around the corner. The stage is set for a playoff-like atmosphere, with several teams in the Western Conference trying to make a late-season push to get into the 2014 Calder Cup Playoffs.
Photo: Two first round selections, one from 2012 (Tomas Hertl, L) and the other from 2013 (Sean Monahan, R) shared top billing in HF’s Calder Poll for October of 2013 (courtesy of Scott W. Grau/Icon SMI (Hertl) and Brad Rempel/Icon SMI (Monahan))
Playing for a disappointing Ottawa 67's team that was one of the weaker teams in the OHL last season, Calgary Flames rookie Sean Monahan was overshadowed by forwards such as Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin of the Memorial Cup-winning Halifax Mooseheads heading into the 2013 NHL Draft.
Photo: The first overall pick in 2012, Nail Yakupov finished his first NHL season with the most goals (17) and tied for the most points (31) among rookies (courtesy of Dustin Bradford/Icon SMI)
This is the second edition of the Edmonton Oilers yearly prospect awards. After missing the playoffs for the seventh year in a row, the Oilers are looking to make some big changes in their roster and have a strong reliance on a deep prospect pool. The 2012-13 season saw great improvements for some, while others fell short of expectations. The Oilers have some strong defensive prospects in the pipeline with a mix of skilled but not yet fully-developed talent on their front end.
Photo: Mark Arcobello, among Oklahoma City’s leaders on and off the ice this season, made his NHL debut with the Oilers on February 6th. (courtesy of Chris Austin/Icon SMI)
The 2012-13 season has been a roller coaster ride for the Edmonton Oilers’ minor league affiliate, the Oklahoma City Barons. The lockout at the beginning of the season brought them a host of talent with the likes of Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, to name a few. However, once the lockout ended, the Oilers quickly found themselves in injury trouble and the AHL’s Oklahoma City Barons were not only without the benefit of some added offense, but missing some of their key centermen as well. Despite this, the Barons have managed to soldier on and are currently vying for a playoff spot in the Western Conference of the AHL.