The American Hockey League’s Western Conference playoff picture is going to solidify itself over the next couple weeks.
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»
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»
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»
The postseason tournaments are underway in college hockey, while the regular seasons in the three CHL leagues wrap up this weekend. This week’s Prospect Faceoff focuses on a couple of noteworthy NCAA semi-final games in the NCHC and ECAC while also taking a look at three CHL games with implications for next week’s playoffs. Read more»