AHL Western Conference Notebook, February, 2016: Playoff races heat up, potential All-Rookie candidates

by Sean Shapiro
on
Colin Smith - Toronto Marlies

Photo: The NHL trade deadline will have an effect on AHL clubs, as well, with the Colorado Avalanche sending prospect Colin Smith to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Smith, the third-leading scorer for the Rampage before the trade, will join the powerhouse Toronto Marlies (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

The Iowa Wild may be at the bottom of the AHL standings, but the team has been at the epicenter of several NHL headlines in February.

On Feb. 13th, the Minnesota Wild announced that Iowa Wild head coach John Torchetti would replace Mike Yeo as the head coach of the NHL franchise. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Panarin strikes again, Kuhnhackl’s first NHL goal, more from AHL, KHL, NCAA

by David Hahn
on
Tom Kuhnhackl - Pittsburgh Penguins

Photo: Pittsburgh Penguins forward Tom Kuhnhackl celebrates his first NHL goal in a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning this past weekend (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

The Calder Trophy is still up for grabs, and Artemi Panarin won’t let it get out of his grasp thanks to a little help from the NHL’s leading scorer. He had to wait 18 games to do it, but Tom Kuhnhackl made his first NHL goal look easy. In the AHL, Troy Grosenick added another entry into the Save of the Year category, only to be outdone by one of the AHL’s leading scorers. Plenty more action is available in this week’s Prospect Impressions! Read more»

AHL Eastern Conference Notebook, February, 2016: Marlies maintain lead in North, but Atlantic far from settled

by Tony Androckitis
on
Frank Vatrano - Providence Bruins

Photo: Providence Bruins forward and Boston Bruins prospect Frank Vatrano scored six goals and added an assist in 30 NHL games in 2015-16 (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

As teams enter the stretch run of the 2015-16 AHL season, points in the standings are at a premium. A good run of wins can help solidify a playoff position while an untimely losing skid can push a team out of postseason contention. The intensity is ramped up in the final eight weeks of the season, meaning every game, period and shift matters. Read more»

Adjustment to AHL has been slow for Lake Erie’s Milano

by Sean Shapiro
on
Sonny Milano - Lake Erie Monsters

Photo: Lake Erie Monsters forward and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Sonny Milano (#22) took a break from AHL action this season to compete for the bronze medalist USA squad at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

Making the jump from junior to the American Hockey League is one of the most difficult transitions in hockey.

The game gets faster, physicality turns up a notch, and players are smarter. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: Booth faces down Audette in QMJHL action, more from the CHL, NCAA, and AHL

by David Hahn
on
Dante Salituro - Ottawa 67's; Mikhail Sergachev - Windsor Spitfires - Prospect Faceoff for 2/11/16

Photo: 2016 prospects Dante Salituro of the Ottawa 67’s and Mikhail Sergachev of the Windsor Spitfires go head-to-head in OHL action this weekend with one month left in the 2015-16 season (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

In this week’s Prospect Faceoff, we take a look at Quebec Remparts goaltender Callum Booth, who has been the team’s saving grace during a rough stretch. He will be opposed by a former first overall pick, Daniel Audette, who has a chip on his shoulder and something to prove. Also in this week’s edition, one underrated forward on North Dakota is garnering attention, as are a pair of draft-eligible skaters who are in weekend competition. Read more»

Related Articles