No time like the present for Maple Leafs’ Josh Leivo

by Tony Androckitis
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Josh Leivo - Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo: Toronto Maple Leafs forward Josh Leivo is in his second tour of duty with the NHL club in 2015-16, posting three goals in seven NHL games (courtesy of Dan Hamilton/Icon Sportswire)

 

 

Currently in his third season of hockey at the professional level – the final year of his entry-level contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs organization – forward Josh Leivo has appeared in NHL games with the Leafs in each of his three seasons, but each time has found himself back in the AHL with the Toronto Marlies. Read more»

Admirals’ Gaudreau building momentum towards NHL opportunity

by Sean Shapiro
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Frederick Gaudreau - Milwaukee Admirals

Photo: Milwaukee Admirals forward and Nashville Predators prospect Frederick Gaudreau signed a two-year, entry-level NHL contract with the Predators in January (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

 

 

Everything is “moving so fast” this season for Milwaukee Admirals forward and newly-minted Nashville Predators prospect, Frederick Gaudreau.

He’s tied for the team lead with 32 points (12 goals, 20 assists) in 51 games, and on Jan. 5th the Predators signed the undrafted 22-year-old to his first NHL contract. Read more»

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

by Sean Shapiro
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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
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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
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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»

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