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: Grand Rapids Griffins defenseman and Detroit Red Wings prospect Robbie Russo has turned in a productive AHL rookie campaign, posting five goals and 37 points in 60 games in 2015-16 (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)
Robbie Russo doesn’t have a good explanation for his outlandish plus/minus figure.
Through 59 games, the Grand Rapids Griffins rookie defenseman and Detroit Red Wings prospect is a ludicrous +46. No one else in the 30-team AHL has cracked +38, while Russo is on track to become the first player to finish the season above +40 since Andrew Bodnarchuk finished +43 for the Manchester Monarchs during the 2013-14 season. Russo could track down and top Arturs Kulda’s +47 for the Chicago Wolves in 2009-10 as the top AHL plus/minus mark of the past 10 years. Read more»
Photo: Chicago Blackhawks rookie forward Artemi Panarin’s 25 goals is three more than Buffalo Sabres rookie Jack Eichel in the 2015-16 NHL rookie goal-scoring standings (courtesy of Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire)
Chicago Blackhawks forward Artemi Panarin — the leading scorer amongst all rookies — takes over the top spot from the Detroit Red Wings‘ Dylan Larkin in the Hockey’s Future Calder Trophy poll for February. But the big development is the scoring exploits of pre-season favorite Connor McDavid and Philadelphia Flyers‘ defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, which have made the race a four-player contest. Read more»
Photo: Brandon Wheat Kings forward and Florida Panthers prospect Jayce Hawryluk got a taste of NHL action in the 2015 preseason, but he is turning in a strong 2015-16 campaign for the Wheat Kings in the WHL (courtesy of Ronald C. Modra/NHL/Getty Images)
The Brandon Wheat Kings were expected to be a powerhouse in the WHL this season. The team arguably has no weaknesses, boasting a bevy of NHL-drafted prospects as well as several others who will soon be selected by NHL clubs (Nolan Patrick, Kale Clague, Stelio Mattheos). Read more»
Photo: Although set to graduate from prospect status in short order, Dylan Larkin’s recent struggles show that there is a long road to NHL stardom even for a prodigy (courtesy of Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Despite being in the playoffs for seemingly an eternity (not really, just closing in on three decades), the Detroit Red Wings have managed to find their fair share of high-end prospects in the middle to late parts of the first round and beyond.