(Video) First NHL Goal: Randell tips home winning goal for Bruins

by Ken McKenna
Tyler Randell - Boston Bruins

Photo: Boston Bruins rookie forward Tyler Randell shows off the puck that he tipped past Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov for his first career goal (courtesy of Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)

It is a long way from the ECHL to the NHL, but Boston Bruins rookie forward Tyler Randell is hoping for an extended stay with the big club. Randell helped his cause by netting his first NHL goal in his debut in hockey’s top league, with that goal standing as the game-winning goal in the Bruins 6-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: Brickley nets game-winner for Panthers

by Ken McKenna
Connor Brickley - Florida Panthers

Photo: Florida Panthers rookie forward Connor Brickley holds the puck that he deposited into the Carolina Hurricanes net for his first NHL goal in the Panthers win over the Hurricanes (courtesy of Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)

After having what he thought was his first NHL goal waved off, Florida Panthers rookie forward Connor Brickley made sure his next chance counted as his actual first goal ended up being the game winner in a 4-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. Read more»

2015-16 AHL Preview: Marlies could be the class of the North Division

by Tony Androckitis
Ryan Dzingel - Ottawa Senators

Photo: Binghamton Senators forward and Ottawa Senators prospect Ryan Dzingel turned in a solid AHL rookie season in 2014-15, posting 17 goals and 34 points in 66 games (Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)

The North Division name comes over from the American Hockey League’s Western Conference along with three teams from last year’s division – Rochester, Utica and Toronto – in addition to the other three teams from New York state – Albany, Binghamton and Syracuse. The St. John’s IceCaps, who have switched their affiliation from Winnipeg to Montreal, also make up this seven-team division that has several pre-existing rivalries due to the close proximity of most of the teams. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Win: Condon outduels O’Connor in Canadiens’ win

by Ken McKenna
Mike Condon - Montreal Canadiens

Photo: Montreal Canadiens rookie goaltender Mike Condon guards the net during the Canadiens win over the Ottawa Senators on Sunday night, a win that was the first of Condon’s NHL career (courtesy of Jason Kopinski/Icon Sportswire)

Two rookie goaltenders with NCAA pedigrees squared off in the first NHL start for each, but only one could come away a winner. The victorious goaltender, Mike Condon of the Montreal Canadiens, outdueled Ottawa Senators rookie Matt O’Connor to give the undefeated Canadiens a 3-1 win. Condon stopped 20 of 21 shots to secure his first NHL win. Read more»

2015-16 AHL Preview: IceHogs should boast one of the stronger offensive attacks in the Central Division

by Sean Shapiro
Markus Hannikainen - Lake Erie Monsters

Photo: Lake Erie Monsters forward and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Markus Hannikainen will start the 2015-16 season with the Blue Jackets’ new AHL affiliate in Cleveland, Ohio (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

The Central Division isn’t home to as many radical changes as the Pacific Division, but it is part of the American Hockey League’s new landscape.

The Manitoba Moose have returned, while the Lake Erie Monsters have a new affiliate — switching from Colorado to the Columbus Blue Jackets — and the rest of the division is ripe with talent. Read more»

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