Subban stepping up his game in Utica

by Tony Androckitis
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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

by Sean Shapiro
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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»

AHL Eastern Conference Notebook, March, 2016: Playoff picture sharpens as newcomers get first pro action

by Tony Androckitis
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Carter Rowney - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

Photo: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward and Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Carter Rowney starred at the University of North Dakota for four seasons before turning pro in the 2012-13 season (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

 

 

With less than a month to go in the regular season, the only true rookies in the AHL’s Eastern Conference are those joining AHL teams on amateur tryout contracts from Canadian junior leagues and the NCAA ranks. Most first-year players have 50-65 games under their belt now and are either gearing up for a postseason run, or looking to leave a final impression before heading into the offseason. Read more»

Rookie defender Russo a plus in Griffins’ climb up the AHL standings

by Sean Shapiro
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Robbie Russo - Grand Rapids Griffins

Photo: Grand Rapids Griffins defenseman and Detroit Red Wings prospect Robbie Russo has turned in a productive AHL rookie campaign, posting five goals and 37 points in 60 games in 2015-16 (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

 

 

Robbie Russo doesn’t have a good explanation for his outlandish plus/minus figure.

Through 59 games, the Grand Rapids Griffins rookie defenseman and Detroit Red Wings prospect is a ludicrous +46. No one else in the 30-team AHL has cracked +38, while Russo is on track to become the first player to finish the season above +40 since Andrew Bodnarchuk finished +43 for the Manchester Monarchs during the 2013-14 season. Russo could track down and top Arturs Kulda’s +47 for the Chicago Wolves in 2009-10 as the top AHL plus/minus mark of the past 10 years. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Werenski shines, Mouillierat’s lacrosse goal, Amadio scores 50th shorthanded, WHL goalie scores, plus more

by David Hahn
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Zach Werenski - University of Michigan

Photo: University of Michigan defenseman and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Zach Werenski and his Wolverines teammates will take on Notre Dame in the Midwest Regional of the 2016 NCAA Hockey Tournament (courtesy of Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

 

 

The Michigan Wolverines won the Big Ten championship this weekend, and Zach Werenski led the way with an unbelievable performance. Also in this weeks Prospect Impressions, an AHL veteran joins a small group of players to pull off a special goal. Thatcher Demko is in the news again thanks to his desperate save in a clutch situation, and Stuart Skinner is another goaltender in the news but for something you wouldn’t expect. Plenty more highlights are featured, including a 50-goal scorer and a great scrap from the OHL. Read more»

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