2013-14 AHL Western Conference preview

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Teemu Pulkkinen - Grand Rapids Griffins

Photo: Detroit Red Wings prospect Teemu Pulkkinen got a taste of the Red Wings’ winning ways late last season as he was a part of the Grand Rapids Griffins’ run to the AHL’s Calder Cup championship. Pulkkinen will begin his rookie season with the Griffins in 2013-14 (courtesy of Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

 

The American Hockey League (AHL) embarks on its 2013-14 campaign beginning this evening with five games on the schedule. Hockey's Future will be previewing both conferences, with an emphasis on the notable NHL prospects that will be competing for each club.

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Cousins sees two-way play as best way to the NHL

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Nick Cousins - Philadelphia Flyers

Photo: Philadelphia Flyers prospect Nick Cousins (R) will likely begin his pro career with the Flyers’ AHL farm club, the Adirondack Phantoms (courtesy of Bill Streicher/Icon SMI)

 

Last year, Nick Cousins entered training camp under a cloud of suspicion and with a tremendous weight on his shoulders. A year later, that cloud and the weight have been lifted and the Philadelphia Flyers’ prospect has his focus squarely — and exclusively — on the ice.

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2013 Rookie Tournament: Samuelsson looks to bring more consistency to his game

by Jason Menard
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Philip Samuelsson - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

Photo: Pittsburgh Penguins defensive prospect Philip Samuelsson is entering his third season of pro hockey, one that will most likely see him again playing for the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (courtsesy of Abelimages/Getty Images)

 

Late in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ final game of the Toronto Maple Leafs’-hosted 2013 Rookie Tournament, Philip Samuelsson came into a scrum acting as peacekeeper. He was trying to keep Bobby Shea at bay, but things got heated, and the blueliner dropped the gloves, ending his tournament early.

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2013 Rookie Tournament: Ceci embarks on pro career that is likely to begin in Binghamton

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Cody Ceci - Owen Sound Attack

Photo: Ottawa Senators prospect Cody Ceci spent most of his junior career with the Ottawa 67′s, but was dealt to the Owen Sound Attack shortly before the OHL’s 2013 trade deadline (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

 

Orleans, ON is under 40 kilometres away from the Canadian Tire Centre. The Ottawa suburb is also a mere 15 kilometres away from the Civic Centre, where the 67's play. For Ottawa Senators prospect Cody Ceci, home is not just where the heart is — it’s where his hockey past and future lie.

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2013 Rookie Tournament: Hobbs hoping to catch on with Senators’ organization

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Danny Hobbs - UMass-Amherst

Photo: Former New York Rangers draftee and UMass-Amherst grad Danny Hobbs (#23) is looking to catch on with the hometown Ottawa Senators organization after spending a season playing in the ECHL (Justine Hunt/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

 

Rookie tournaments are generally a place for firsts, from first-rounders to a variety of young players getting their initial taste of professional-level competition. But for some, including 24-year-old Danny Hobbs, they can also represent second chances.

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