Photo: Chicago Blackhawks prospect Kyle Beach was finding points hard to come by this season, but broke out this past weekend with the Rockford IceHogs to earn AHL Player of the Week honors (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Rockford IceHogs right wing Kyle Beach has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Nov. 4, 2012.
Photo: Edmonton Oilers prospect Justin Schultz has wasted little time in making his presence felt in the pro game as he leads the AHL in scoring (courtesy of David Maxwell/Getty Images)
Prior to the NHL lockout, there was an enormous amount of talk regarding the free agent status of a young player who hadn’t even played in an NHL game. A second-round pick of the Anaheim Ducks in 2008, Justin Schultz became the most sought after off-season free agent when he was left unsigned following a stellar collegiate career at the University of Wisconsin. And where would you expect a young phenom to land these days? With the Edmonton Oilers, of course. The 22-year-old signed a two-year deal with the club that already features an embarrassment of under-23 future superstars.
Photo: Edmonton Oilers prospect and Oklahoma City Barons' defenseman Justin Schultz is so far making the Oilers' move to sign Schultz look like a wise decision (courtesy of David Maxwell/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Oklahoma City Barons defenseman Justin Schultz has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Oct. 21, 2012.
Photo: Buffalo Sabres prospect Mikhail Grigorenko might be on the cusp of a NHL career, but he and other young players may find themselves back in the development leagues if the NHL lockout proceeds (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
Lockout. It's on the tip of the tongue of every person involved with hockey right now.
As the Collective Bargaining Agreement's expiration date of September 15th approaches, a work stoppage between the NHL and the NHL Player's Association (the third such interruption over the last 18 years) is seemingly inevitable at this point. Not only will a lockout affect the individual teams and their staff and personnel, as well as the players, but a work stoppage in hockey's top league will have a trickle down effect for many prospects at various levels around the world.
Photo: San Jose Sharks defenseman and University of Massachusetts alum Justin Braun is the first of a recent group of that school's alums to make it to the NHL (courtesy of Don Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)
Casey Wellman has been with three organizations since turning pro during the 2009-10 season, but this season could mark his best chance to become an NHL regular.