Barracuda’s Carpenter impressing on and off the ice

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Ryan Carpenter - San Jose Sharks

Photo: San Jose Barracuda forward and San Jose Sharks prospect Ryan Carpenter saw his first NHL action in the 2015-16 campaign, appearing in one game for the Sharks in December (courtesy of Don Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

Ryan Carpenter is used to putting others first, both off the ice and on it.

And the San Jose Barracuda forward and San Jose Sharks prospect has been honored for both contributions this season by the American Hockey League. Read more»

On the Rush, April, 2016: Gostisbehere, Timashov amongst those leading the rush

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Shayne Gostisbehere - Philadelphia Flyers

Photo: Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere had a strong NHL rookie campaign, scoring 17 goals and 46 points in 64 games in 2015-16 (courtesy of Gavin Baker/Icon Sportswire)

It seems like just yesterday that we were talking about October/November, and the first On the Rush of the 2015-16 campaign was being put together. Alas, here we are in April with many teams and players done for the season. It has been another phenomenal year across the hockey world, and every year we are left with no shortage of players who surpass expectations and those that fall short. Read more»

Guentzel, Blueger providing ample reinforcement for depleted Wilkes-Barre/Scranton lineup

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Teddy Blueger - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

Photo: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward and Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Teddy Blueger (R) had his best NCAA season in his senior campaign, posting 11 goals and 35 points in 41 games in 2015-16 (courtesy of Nina Weiss/The Home News)

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins have seen several prospects start the season on their roster, but a number of them have moved on to the NHL and are currently in the midst of a Stanley Cup Playoff run. Read more»

AHL Eastern Conference Notebook, April 2016: Rookies could make a difference in Eastern playoffs

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Frank Vatrano - Providence Bruins

Photo: Providence Bruins forward and Boston Bruins prospect Frank Vatrano led the AHL in goals in 2015-16 with 36 in 36 games (courtesy of Jerome Davis/Icon Sportswire)

The field is set for the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs, and eight teams in the Eastern Conference are ready to battle it out for the AHL’s ultimate prize – the beloved Calder Cup.

While teams like Toronto, Albany, Hershey and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton cruised into the postseason in the final months, the other half of the conference’s playoff teams had some work to do to get where they are now as the AHL’s ‘second’ season gets underway. Read more»

Share of AHL rookie award in hand, Rampage’s Rantanen sets sights on NHL

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Mikko Rantanen - San Antonio Rampage

Photo: San Antonio Rampage forward and Colorado Avalanche prospect Mikko Rantanen finished second in AHL rookie scoring behind the Providence Bruins’ Austin Czarnik, scoring 24 goals and 60 points in 52 games (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

Mikko Rantanen didn’t plan on or expect to win the Dudley (Red) Garrett Memorial Award as the American Hockey League’s outstanding rookie.

The 19-year-old Finland native and Colorado Avalanche prospect knew he had a strong season, but looking across the league he knew the goal-per-game rate (albeit in less games) of the Providence Bruins’ Frank Vatrano would be tough to beat. Read more»

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