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»
Photo: Texas Stars forward and Dallas Stars prospect Jason Dickinson, and San Antonio Rampage forward and Colorado Avalanche prospect Mikko Rantanen meet this weekend in a top head-to-head AHL matchup of NHL prospects (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire and Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)
In this week’s Prospect Faceoff, two OHL players who were traded for each other go one-on-one against their old teams for the first time . We’ll check in with Daniel Sprong and Mikko Rantanen, who both enjoyed valuable time in the NHL this year. The “Battle of Pennsylvania” gets a glimpse of the future when prospects of the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins go head-to-head, and two of the WHL’s finest defenders are heading in different directions.
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»
Photo: After half a season of pro hockey, Colorado 2013 second-round pick and former Owen Sound star Chris Bigras has advanced to NHL duties (courtesy of John Rivera/Icon Sportswire)
The San Antonio Rampage did not lose in regulation until November 7th against their rival, the Texas Stars. The month-long hot streak included six regulation wins and four overtime losses. They continued to rack up wins and stay atop the Pacific Division until December when they proceeded to lose seven in a row and a staggering 15 losses in 20 games. Colorado Avalanche General Manager Joe Sakic has emphasized the need to establish a winning culture in their minor league system but knows such changes cannot be accomplished overnight.
Photo: Texas Stars defenseman Esa Lindell received his first NHL call-up to the parent Dallas Stars and played in his first NHL game against the Los Angeles Kings (courtesy of John Rivera/Icon Sportswire)
Back in October, the Charlotte Checkers were homeless.
With renovations ongoing at Bojangles Coliseum, the Checkers didn’t play a home game until mid-November.
“I think we really bonded during that time,” Checkers defenseman Trevor Carrick said. “When you spend that much time playing away from home, it really builds a team.” Read more»