AHL Western Conference Notebook, November, 2014

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Emile Poirier - Adirondack Flames

Photo: Adirondack Flames rookie forward and Calgary Flames prospect Emile Poirier has generated some offense for the surging AHL Flames, who currently sit second in the North Division (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

 

While the Eastern Conference has seen some teams off to hot starts early this season, the best three records in the American Hockey League (AHL) currently belong to the Western Conference – and that doesn’t even include last year’s Calder Cup champion Texas Stars, who are currently just eighth best in the conference. The Midwest Division alone is home to three of the league’s top five teams through the first seven weeks of the season, providing some entertaining hockey to fans out West. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: Nestrasil strikes in first game with Hurricanes

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Andrej Nestrasil - Carolina Hurricanes

Photo: Carolina Hurricanes forward Andrej Nestrasil spent the 2013-14 season with the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins, posting 16 goals and 20 assists for 36 points in 70 games (courtesy of Russell Lansford/Icon Sportswire)

 

Last Thursday, forward Andrej Nestrasil was claimed on waivers from the Detroit Red Wings, the team that drafted him in 2009, by the Carolina Hurricanes. Nestrasil wasted little time in making an impact with his new team, scoring his first NHL goal in his first game with the Hurricanes in what ended up being a 4-3 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: Grimaldi nets first of two last-minute Panthers’ goals

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Rocco Grimaldi - Florida Panthers

Photo: Florida Panthers prospect Rocco Grimaldi played in two leagues in one day last week, playing an early game in the AHL for the San Antonio Rampage, then suiting up for the Panthers in a game against the Los Angeles Kings (courtesy of Danny Murphy/Icon Sportswire)

 

Florida Panthers rookie forward Rocco Grimaldi set the stage for his team’s late comeback against the Nashville Predators, scoring his first NHL goal in what ended up being a 3-2 shootout loss for the Panthers. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: Klingberg nets beauty in win over Coyotes

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John Klingberg - Dallas Stars

Photo: Dallas Stars rookie defenseman John Klingberg, shown holding the puck from his first NHL goal, played for Frolunda in the SHL in 2013-14 before moving to North America for a 3-game stint with the AHL’s Texas Stars (courtesy of Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

Dallas Stars rookie defenseman John Klingberg started a three-goal, third period outburst for his club by netting his first NHL goal in a 3-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: Clendening makes the most of first shot

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Adam Clendening - Chicago Blackhawks

Photo: Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Adam Clendening had played in 163 AHL games before playing in his first regular season NHL game on Thursday night (courtesy of Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

Four minutes into his first NHL game, Chicago Blackhawks rookie defenseman Adam Clendening scored his first NHL goal on his first shot on goal to get the Blackhawks started towards a 4-3 win over the Calgary Flames. Read more»

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