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 Comets – AHL affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks – have seen several top scorers either called up or traded. Read more»
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»