2016 AHL All-Star Classic: Gulls’ Montour climbing the rungs quickly in NHL quest

by Sean Shapiro
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Brandon Montour - San Diego Gulls - 2016 AHL All-Star Game

Photo: San Diego Gulls defenseman and Anaheim Ducks prospect Brandon Montour is second in the AHL in scoring by a defenseman with 32 points in 39 games (courtesy of Scott Thomas Photography/AHL)

If you look at the hockey world as a ladder, Brandon Montour has quickly been jumping from rung to rung.

In a span of two years the 21-year-old defenseman and Anaheim Ducks prospect has jumped from the United States Hockey League to the NCAA to the American Hockey League. Read more»

2016 AHL All-Star Classic: Central Division brings home a win for Western Conference

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Nick Ritchie - Pacific Division - 2016 AHL All-Star Classic

Photo: Although his Pacific Division team didn’t do so well at the 2016 AHL All-Star Classic, San Diego Gulls forward and Anaheim Ducks prospect Nick Ritchie (#20) did his best to help the team succeed with a two-goal, one-assist performance (courtesy of Scott Thomas Photography/AHL)

The AHL All-Star Classic is wacky, fun-filled event that doesn’t reflect a real hockey game.

And the 2016 edition of the event in Syracuse, New York took it to a new level. Instead of a traditional game, the AHL adopted a divisional-based, round-robin tournament with the games split between 4-on-4 and 3-on-3 play. Read more»

2016 AHL All-Star Classic: Griffins’ Ouellet has his feet in the AHL with an eye towards the NHL

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Xavier Ouellet - Grand Rapids Griffins

Photo: Grand Rapids Griffins defenseman and Detroit Red Wings prospect Xavier Ouellet appeared in 21 NHL games in 2014-15, picking up two goals and an assist in NHL action (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

Xavier Ouellet is embracing every moment of the 2016 AHL All-Star Classic in Syracuse, New York.

The Detroit Red Wings prospect and Grand Rapids Griffins defenseman was selected as an All-Star in 2015 but had to miss the game due to injury. That made the honor and chance to play in 2016 “even more special.” Read more»

2016 AHL All-Star Classic: Opposition keeping Comrie busy in Manitoba

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Eric Comrie - Manitoba Moose

Photo: Manitoba Moose goaltender and Winnipeg Jets prospect Eric Comrie has faced 1015 shots in 31 games, the most of any AHL goaltender (courtesy of Graig Abel Collection/Getty Images)

Eric Comrie looks out of place in the AHL Western Conference locker room.

With his boyish face and skinny stature, you could easily confuse Comrie with one of the teenagers volunteering to help out during the 2016 AHL All-Star Classic taking place in Syracuse, New York. Read more»

AHL Eastern Conference Notebook, January, 2016: Toronto, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton are division leaders at the break

by Tony Androckitis
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Austin Czarnik - Providence Bruins

Photo: Providence Bruins forward and Boston Bruins prospect Austin Czarnik s currently second in scoring among AHL rookies with 12 goals and 33 points in 37 games (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

The 2016 AHL All-Star Classic is in full swing in Syracuse, New York, with several of the AHL’s brightest stars taking part in the festivities. But the All-Star break also provides the remaining AHL players a few days off to regroup and prepare for the stretch run. Read more»

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