(Video) First NHL Goal: Whitney nets first before return to AHL

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Pittsburgh PJoe Whitney - New Jersey Devils

Photo: New Jersey Devils prospect Joe Whitney currently leads the AHL’s Albany Devils in scoring with 11 goals and 16 assists in 30 games (courtesy of Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

He’s returned to the AHL so the moment is probably slightly bittersweet, but New Jersey Devils‘ forward Joe Whitney netted his first NHL goal – the only goal scored by the Devils – in a 3-1, New Year’s Eve loss to the Detroit Red Wings. Read more»

Taste of NHL action has Monsters’ Hishon wanting more

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Joey Hishon - Lake Erie Monsters

Photo: Lake Erie Monsters forward and Colorado Avalanche prospect Joey Hishon (#38) is currently 8th in scoring for the Monsters (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

 

Not every hockey player drafted in the first round goes straight into the NHL. Some head back to their respective junior team looking to build off of recent success, while others maybe head to the American Hockey League (AHL) to fine-tune their game and get into NHL-ready condition. Read more»

AHL Western Conference Notebook, December, 2014

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Teemu Pulkkinen - Grand Rapids Griffins

Photo: Grand Rapids Griffins forward and Detroit Red Wings prospect Teemu Pulkkinen is currently third overall in scoring in the AHL (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

 

It’s been a total upheaval in the standings in the AHL‘s Western Conference from last spring through the first third of the 2014-15 season. Two of the top four teams in the conference last season aren’t even in the top nine currently – Grand Rapids (9th) and Toronto (12th) – leaving the Western Conference wide open as teams head into the middle third of the schedule amidst the height of injuries and call-ups. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Win: Zepp backstops Flyers to comeback victory

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Rob Zepp - Philadelphia Flyers

Photo: Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Rob Zepp had not played in North America since the 2004-05 season, spending the last seven seasons playing in Germany (courtesy of Terrence Lee/Icon Sportswire)

 

It isn’t often that a player north of the age of 30 gets his first call-up to the NHL, let alone gets the chance to actually play in an NHL game. But that is exactly what happened to Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Rob Zepp, and Zepp made the most of the opportunity after the Flyers took a 4-3, come-from-behind win over the Winnipeg Jets to give their “rookie” goaltender his first NHL win. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: Larsson, Schaller score for Sabres in weekend losses

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Tim Schaller - Buffalo Sabres

Photo: Buffalo Sabres rookie forward Tim Schaller slides the puck under Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask to score his first NHL goal (courtesy of Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

Despite what would be considered an unsuccessful weekend in which they lost two games, the rebuilding Buffalo Sabres still received glimpses of a potentially better future with the first NHL goals from prospects Johan Larsson and Tim Schaller. Read more»

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