First NHL Goal: Andrighetto scores Habs’ lone goal in loss

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Sven Andrighetto - Montreal Canadiens

Photo: Montreal Canadiens rookie forward Sven Andrighetto (#58), shown here celebrating his first NHL goal, was a third round pick for the Canadiens at the 2013 NHL Draft (courtesy of Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

On another tough night during a tough stretch for the Montreal Canadiens, rookie forward Sven Andrighetto provided a more memorable moment as he netted his first NHL goal in his first NHL game in a 4-1 loss at the hands of the Dallas Stars. Read more»

Several rookie forwards enjoying early season success with Penguins’ AHL affiliate

by Tony Androckitis
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Bryan Rust - Pittsburgh Penguins

Photo: Wilkes-Barre/Scanton Penguins forward and Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Bryan Rust is among the rookie goal-scoring leaders in the AHL so far in the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)

 

While the defensemen in the Pittsburgh Penguins organization have brought most of the talk as far as highly-touted prospects are concerned, several rookie forwards with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins – particularly those transitioning from college – are enjoying success at the pro-level through the first quarter of the 2014-15 season. Read more»

Comets’ Shinkaruk hopes for NHL reunion soon with friend Horvat

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Hunter Shinkaruk - Utica Comets

Photo: Utica Comets forward and Vancouver Canucks prospect Hunter Shinkaruk (#9) played in just 18 WHL games in the 2013-14 season for the Medicine Hat Tigers (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

 

Little did the Vancouver Canucks know when they drafted forwards Bo Horvat (ninth overall) and Hunter Shinkaruk (24th overall) in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft, that the two would become great friends and, for a brief time, teammates while Horvat was on an AHL conditioning stint with the Utica Comets.

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AHL Western Conference Notebook, November, 2014

by Tony Androckitis
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Emile Poirier - Adirondack Flames

Photo: Adirondack Flames rookie forward and Calgary Flames prospect Emile Poirier has generated some offense for the surging AHL Flames, who currently sit second in the North Division (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

 

While the Eastern Conference has seen some teams off to hot starts early this season, the best three records in the American Hockey League (AHL) currently belong to the Western Conference – and that doesn’t even include last year’s Calder Cup champion Texas Stars, who are currently just eighth best in the conference. The Midwest Division alone is home to three of the league’s top five teams through the first seven weeks of the season, providing some entertaining hockey to fans out West. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: Nestrasil strikes in first game with Hurricanes

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Andrej Nestrasil - Carolina Hurricanes

Photo: Carolina Hurricanes forward Andrej Nestrasil spent the 2013-14 season with the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins, posting 16 goals and 20 assists for 36 points in 70 games (courtesy of Russell Lansford/Icon Sportswire)

 

Last Thursday, forward Andrej Nestrasil was claimed on waivers from the Detroit Red Wings, the team that drafted him in 2009, by the Carolina Hurricanes. Nestrasil wasted little time in making an impact with his new team, scoring his first NHL goal in his first game with the Hurricanes in what ended up being a 4-3 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night. Read more»

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