Photo: Texas Stars forward and Dallas Stars prospect Brett Ritchie appeared in 31 NHL games in the 2014-15 season but is still waiting for his call-up in the 2015-16 campaign (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)
Two of the best power forwards in the AHL’s Pacific Division are constantly communicating.
Sometimes it is via text, other times it is a quick call. When they don’t directly communicate, one is often watching the other’s game online or checking the box score on the AHL website. Read more»
Photo: Detroit Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin has been a top NHL rookie from the start of the 2015-16 season, which earned him a place in the 2016 NHL All-Star Game that took place at the end of January (courtesy of Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Detroit Red Wings‘ Dylan Larkin and Artemi Panarin of the Chicago Blackhawks continue to be the leading candidates for this year’s Calder Trophy according to the January staff poll at Hockey’s Future. But the offensive exploits of Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere — as well as the play of rookie goalies Connor Hellebuyck and John Gibson — has made things interesting as the season progresses. Read more»
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»
Photo: Northeastern University product Josh Manson fits into a Ducks system that balances skill and strength along the blueline (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)
The Anaheim Ducks have done a fairly good job over the last several years of slowly phasing young players into the lineup, while not thrusting them entirely into the fray without preparation. For this reason, they have just three prospects who have garnered long-lasting NHL time on the year. With that being said, there are several prospects in the minors who are on the cusp of NHL time, but will probably see at least the remainder of the season with the Gulls in San Diego. There is not a whole lot of room on the Anaheim depth chart, but a few have still cut in and are making an attempt at regular playing time.
Photo: Tampa Bay Lightning goaltending prospect Andrei Vasilevsky has had a couple of stints with the NHL club, but he is currently playing for the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL (courtesy of Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire)
They may have been one of the lowly clubs in the 2014-15 season, but the Arizona Coyotes appear to have a bright future as evidenced by their top showing in the Hockey’s Future ranking of the prospect depth of each NHL organization. Read more»