Condors’ pairing of Musil, LaLeggia could be glimpse of the future for Oilers

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Joey LaLeggia - Edmonton Oilers

Photo: Bakersfield Condors defenseman and Edmonton Oilers prospect Joey LaLeggia, shown here in 2015 preseason action with the Oilers, produced 49 goals and 82 assists in 156 NCAA games for the University of Denver (courtesy of Jose Quiroz/Icon Sportswire)

It’s all about potential when it comes to prospects.

And for the Edmonton Oilers, the second defensive pairing for their AHL affiliate, the Bakersfield Condors, is oozing with potential between Joey LaLeggia and David Musil. Read more»

Hartford’s defense-first style plays to Graves’ strengths

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Ryan Graves - New York Rangers

Photo: Hartford Wolf Pack defenseman and New York Rangers prospect Ryan Graves, shown here in 2015 preseason action with the Rangers, competed at the 2015 Memorial Cup Tournament with the Quebec Remparts before turning pro (courtesy of Gavin Baker/Icon Sportswire)

As April approaches and the final three weekends of the 2015-16 regular season play out, the Hartford Wolf Pack find themselves just two points out of the final playoff spot in the AHL’s Eastern Conference. Despite going 22-12-1-0 since the beginning of the 2016 calendar year, however, the New York RangersAHL affiliate still find themselves one win away from being in a playoff position. Read more»

Mazanec-Saros tandem has Admirals looking strong in goal for AHL playoffs

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Marek Mazanec - Milwaukee Admirals

Photo: Milwaukee Admirals goaltender and Nashville Predators prospect Marek Mazanec currently sports a 2.34 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage along with an 18-14-5 record in 2015-16 (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

Sometime soon, Milwaukee Admirals head coach Dean Evason is going to have to make a difficult decision.

You have two talented young goalies, both playing at an extremely high level. So whom do you start when the AHL playoffs kick off next month? Read more»

Subban stepping up his game in Utica

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Jordan Subban - Utica Comets

Photo: Utica Comets defenseman and Vancouver Canucks Jordan Subban is currently fifth in scoring among AHL rookie defensemen with 34 points in 58 games (courtesy of Graig Abel/Getty Images)

There is less than a month remaining in the American Hockey League’s 2015-16 regular season schedule, and as spring approaches even first-year pros have appeared in as many as 65 games. Injuries and call-ups have taken their toll across the league, but the Utica CometsAHL affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks – have seen several top scorers either called up or traded. Read more»

AHL Western Conference Notebook, March, 2016: Race for top Central slot still tight, potential league award winners

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Mikko Rantanen - San Antonio Rampage

Photo: While his team is in tough to make the AHL playoffs, San Antonio Rampage forward and Colorado Avalanche prospect Mikko Rantanen has been one of the top rookies in the AHL in 2015-16 (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

The American Hockey League’s Western Conference playoff picture is going to solidify itself over the next couple weeks.

Teams have less than a dozen games remaining and a handful of key races have developed as the AHL turns its attention to the final four weeks. Read more»

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