AHL Western Conference Notebook, November, 2015: Strength of Pacific Division highlights early season

by Sean Shapiro
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Andrew Agozzino - San Antonio Rampage

Photo: San Antonio Rampage forward and Colorado Avalanche prospect Andrew Agozzino (#28) is off to a good start offensively in 2015-16 with 16 points in nine AHL games (courtesy of Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

The Pacific Division was always going to be the American Hockey League’s most polarizing division.

With five teams playing 68 games and the other two playing 76, points percentage was handmade for this grouping. And with the California teams avoiding all of the dreaded three-in-threes? The Pacific Division is ripe with storylines created by the AHL’s western migration. Read more»

AHL Eastern Conference Notebook, November, 2015: Marlies, Penguins off to strong starts

by Tony Androckitis
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William Nylander - Toronto Marlies

Photo: Toronto Marlies forward and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect William Nylander is tied for the scoring lead in the AHL with 20 points in 15 games (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

Through the first six weeks of the 2015-16 American Hockey League (AHL) season, four teams in the Eastern Conference have separated themselves from the rest of the group. The top two teams in the East – the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Toronto Marlies – have done so with extraordinary play in opposite regards, with one team (Toronto) lighting the lamp at an alarming rate and the other (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton) playing stalwart defense. Read more»

Kristo’s offensive touch helping to propel Chicago Wolves

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Danny Kristo - Chicago Wolves

Photo: Chicago Wolves forward and St. Louis Blues prospect Danny Kristo starred at the University of North Dakota for four seasons, producing 161 points in 157 NCAA contests (courtesy of Ross Dettman/Chicago Wolves)

Danny Kristo has always had a nose for the net.

At the University of North Dakota, he was good for a goal every other game, while netting 47 goals in 137 combined games over the last two seasons with the Hartford WolfPack. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Lundqvist, Berra, others sparkle in this Goalie Edition

by David Hahn
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Jake Allen - St. Louis Blues

Photo: St. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen has posted a 1.95 goals-against average and .930 save percentage through 15 games in the 2015-16 season (courtesy of Tim Spyers/Icon Sportswire)

In this special edition of Prospect Impressions, goaltenders from the NHL, AHL, and junior hockey take over to make a week’s worth of highlight-reel saves. King Henrik stood tall on home ice in New York before making news off it, and fellow NHL netminders Reto Berra and Jake Allen kept pace right behind him. Plenty more saves, a fight between players who are now teammates, and a light-hearted, behind-the-scenes look at life as a goaltender are all included. Read more»

Rookies Simon, Sundqvist filling their roles ably for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

by Tony Androckitis
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Dominik Simon - Team Czech Republic - 2015  IIHF World Championship

Photo: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward and Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Dominik Simon competed for the Czech Republic at the 2015 IIHF World Championship, posting a goal and five assists in 10 games (courtesy of Martin Rose/Getty Images)

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forwards Dominik Simon and Oskar Sundqvist are rookies by trade in the North American pro game, but both have played professional hockey overseas in the Czech Republic and Sweden, respectively. While it is not the first time these two have competed against men at a high level of play, it is the first time they are experiencing it on the smaller North American ice surface. Read more»

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