AHL Eastern Conference Notebook, December, 2014

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Anton Forsberg - Columbus Blue Jackets

Photo: Springfield Falcons goaltender Anton Forsberg received his first call-up to the parent Columbus Blue Jackets, a stint that included his first two NHL appearances (courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)

 

Now that the 2014-15 AHL regular season is in full-swing, it’s a good time to check in on how those in the league’s Eastern Conference are responding to fast/slow starts. Solid goaltending is more prevalent in this month’s update than in November’s Notebook, but there was also some serious offensive numbers being put up by some talented defensemen. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: Flyers’ Laughton notches two points in win

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Scott Laughton - Philadelphia Flyers

Photo: Philadelphia Flyers rookie forward Scott Laughton registered 219 points (96G, 123A) in 230 OHL games for the Oshawa Generals (courtesy of Derik Hamilton/Icon Sportswire)

 

The Philadelphia Flyers were given what they hope is a glimpse of their future after a two-point performance by rookie forward Scott Laughton that included his first NHL goal. The goal was one of a quintet scored by the Flyers in a 5-1 win over the Eastern Conference’s bottom team, the Carolina Hurricanes. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: Cunningham’s shorthanded tally fails to spark Bruins

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Craig Cunningham - Boston Bruins

Photo: Boston Bruins rookie forward Craig Cunningham spent four-and-a-half seasons with the WHL’s Vancouver Giants and a half season with the Portland Winterhawks before turning pro (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

 

Boston Bruins rookie forward Craig Cunningham made a two-fer of his first NHL goal – aside from it being his initial milestone marker, it was also the first shorthanded goal of Cunningham’s career. Cunningham’s goal was all for naught, however, as the Bruins dropped a 3-2 shootout loss to the division rival Ottawa Senators. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: Blackhawks’ Dahlbeck opens scoring in win over Bruins

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Klas Dahlbeck - Chicago Blackhawks

Photo: Chicago Blackhawks rookie defenseman Klas Dahlbeck (#44), shown here celebrating his first NHL goal, spent time in the Linkoping organization before moving to North America two seasons ago (courtesy of Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

Chicago Blackhawks rookie defenseman Klas Dahlbeck received his first NHL call-up on 12/4, and just 3 games into his NHL career, the Katrineholm, Sweden native netted his first NHL goal in a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins. Read more»

Hellebuyck, Kichton contributing to resurgent IceCaps

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Brenden Kichton - St. John's IceCaps

Photo: St. John’s IceCaps defenseman and Winnipeg Jets prospect Brenden Kichton (#8) finished sixth in scoring among AHL defensemen in the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

 

The St. John’s IceCaps – AHL affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets – underwent some significant changes over the summer following a run to the Calder Cup Finals last spring. With three of their top four leading scorers in the regular season and their starting goaltender from last year’s team moving on in free agency, several players have had to step into larger roles. Read more»

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