IceCaps’ McCarron looking to regain early-season form

by Tony Androckitis
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Mike McCarron - Team North Division - 2016 AHL All-Star Classic

Photo: St. John’s IceCaps forward and Montreal Canadiens prospect Mike McCarron competed for the North Division squad at the 2016 AHL All-Star Classic, where he picked up a goal and an assist (courtesy of Scott Thomas Photography/AHL)

It is hard not to notice Mike McCarron when he is on the ice during a St. John’s IceCaps game. The 6-foot-6, 231-pound forward simply towers over much of his competition at the AHL level. It is not often to see a player with his size have the hands and abilities with the puck that he possesses, and it is that rare combination of size and skill that led the Montreal Canadiens to draft McCarron with their first round pick (25th overall) in 2013. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: Dal Colle hosts old friends, Sprong and Rantanen compete, more from the NCAA, WHL

by David Hahn
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Jason Dickinson - Texas Stars; San Antonio Rampage - Mikko Rantanen - Prospect Faceoff for 2/5/16

Photo: Texas Stars forward and Dallas Stars prospect Jason Dickinson, and San Antonio Rampage forward and Colorado Avalanche prospect Mikko Rantanen meet this weekend in a top head-to-head AHL matchup of NHL prospects (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire and Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

In this week’s Prospect Faceoff, two OHL players who were traded for each other go one-on-one against their old teams for the first time . We’ll check in with Daniel Sprong and Mikko Rantanen, who both enjoyed valuable time in the NHL this year. The “Battle of Pennsylvania” gets a glimpse of the future when prospects of the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins go head-to-head, and two of the WHL’s finest defenders are heading in different directions.

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2016 AHL All-Star Classic: Gulls’ Montour climbing the rungs quickly in NHL quest

by Sean Shapiro
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Brandon Montour - San Diego Gulls - 2016 AHL All-Star Game

Photo: San Diego Gulls defenseman and Anaheim Ducks prospect Brandon Montour is second in the AHL in scoring by a defenseman with 32 points in 39 games (courtesy of Scott Thomas Photography/AHL)

If you look at the hockey world as a ladder, Brandon Montour has quickly been jumping from rung to rung.

In a span of two years the 21-year-old defenseman and Anaheim Ducks prospect has jumped from the United States Hockey League to the NCAA to the American Hockey League. Read more»

2016 AHL All-Star Classic: Central Division brings home a win for Western Conference

by Sean Shapiro
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Nick Ritchie - Pacific Division - 2016 AHL All-Star Classic

Photo: Although his Pacific Division team didn’t do so well at the 2016 AHL All-Star Classic, San Diego Gulls forward and Anaheim Ducks prospect Nick Ritchie (#20) did his best to help the team succeed with a two-goal, one-assist performance (courtesy of Scott Thomas Photography/AHL)

The AHL All-Star Classic is wacky, fun-filled event that doesn’t reflect a real hockey game.

And the 2016 edition of the event in Syracuse, New York took it to a new level. Instead of a traditional game, the AHL adopted a divisional-based, round-robin tournament with the games split between 4-on-4 and 3-on-3 play. Read more»

2016 AHL All-Star Classic: Griffins’ Ouellet has his feet in the AHL with an eye towards the NHL

by Sean Shapiro
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Xavier Ouellet - Grand Rapids Griffins

Photo: Grand Rapids Griffins defenseman and Detroit Red Wings prospect Xavier Ouellet appeared in 21 NHL games in 2014-15, picking up two goals and an assist in NHL action (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

Xavier Ouellet is embracing every moment of the 2016 AHL All-Star Classic in Syracuse, New York.

The Detroit Red Wings prospect and Grand Rapids Griffins defenseman was selected as an All-Star in 2015 but had to miss the game due to injury. That made the honor and chance to play in 2016 “even more special.” Read more»

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