Sign in with your NHL account:
  • Submit
  • Or
  • Sign in with Google
 
SHARE
(Page 10 of 18)
AHL Update

AHL Roundup: Big weekend for Lake Erie's Sgarbossa

Monday, 11.12.2012 / 11:32 AM / AHL Update

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

Each Monday, NHL.com will take a look back at the weekend that was in the American Hockey League with an emphasis on the young stars and top prospects that are continuing their development. Here are some of the highlights from the past few days in the AHL:

FRIDAY

FIRST STAR

Michael Sgarbossa, Lake Erie

Sgarbossa scored twice and again in the shootout to help the Monsters defeat Houston. Originally signed as an undrafted free agent by San Jose, Sgarbossa was acquired by Colorado last season in the Jamie McGinn trade. He won the scoring title in the Ontario Hockey League with 102 points for Sudbury, and now has 13 points in 13 games for Lake Erie. Sgarbossa also had a goal and an assist Saturday in a win at Texas.

FULL STORY ›EMAIL & SHARE OPTIONS ›|Comment › |Print ›

AHL Roundup: Goalies get revenge with stingy play

Monday, 11.05.2012 / 11:46 AM / AHL Update

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

Each Monday, NHL.com will take a look back at the weekend that was in the American Hockey League with an emphasis on the young stars and top prospects that are continuing their development. Here are some of the highlights from the past few days in the AHL:

After three weekends with plenty of scoring, AHL goalies earned some revenge this weekend, notably on Sunday. There were four shutouts, including two in the same game, and nine teams were held to two goals or less. The Springfield Falcons reached double digits in a game, but otherwise it was a better overall weekend for the netminders.

FULL STORY ›EMAIL & SHARE OPTIONS ›|Comment › |Print ›

AHL Roundup: Offenses off to good start in AHL

Monday, 10.29.2012 / 1:38 PM / AHL Update

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

Each Monday, NHL.com will take a look back at the weekend that was in the American Hockey League with an emphasis on the young stars and top prospects that are continuing their development. Here are some of the highlights from the past few days in the AHL:

The AHL season is now three weekends old, and one trend worth monitoring is that a number of teams are scoring a lot of goals. Three teams (Charlotte, Portland and Rochester) are averaging at least four goals per game, and four more teams (Connecticut, Houston, Manchester and Norfolk) are all one goal shy of being at four per contest.

Norfolk, which blitzed the league en route to the title last sason, led the AHL at 3.59 goals per game last season, and Hershey was second at 3.21.

Charlotte and Manchester had dominant weekends and are atop their respective divisions. The Checkers scored 14 times in sweeping three games on the road, including back-to-back shutouts in Peoria. The Monarchs won both of their games in convincing fashion  and lead the AHL in goal differential at plus-12 through six games.

FULL STORY ›EMAIL & SHARE OPTIONS ›|Comment › |Print ›

Isles' de Haan out for season with injured shoulder

Monday, 10.22.2012 / 2:47 PM / AHL Update

Calvin de Haan, a 2009 first-round pick by the New York Islanders, will miss the rest of the season after dislocating his left shoulder while playing for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the Isles' AHL affiliate.

De Haan was injured in the final minutes of the Sound Tigers' 3-2 win at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday night. The Sound Tigers tweeted on Monday that the 21-year-old defenseman will miss the remainder of the season.

The Ottawa native was taken by the Islanders with the 12th pick in the 2009 NHL Draft. He had two assists in three games with Bridgeport this season after scoring two goals and adding 14 assists in 56 games last season. He was scoreless in one game with the Islanders.

FULL STORY ›EMAIL & SHARE OPTIONS ›|Comment › |Print ›

AHL weekend roundup: Schultz, Granlund shine

Monday, 10.22.2012 / 10:40 AM / AHL Update

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

Each Monday, NHL.com will take a look back at the weekend that was in the American Hockey League with an emphasis on the young stars and top prospects that are continuing their development. Here are some of the highlights from the past few days in the AHL:

FRIDAY

FIRST STAR:

Justin Schultz, Oklahoma City

Schultz isn't wasting any time showing people why there was such a publicized bidding process before the Edmonton Oilers secured his rights this summer. The 22-year-old free agent defenseman from the University of Wisconsin had two goals, an assist and was on the ice for all five of Oklahoma City's goals in a 5-1 victory. He's playing with a few established NHL young stars, but Schultz has a team-leading four goals and six points in four games for the Barons to start the season.

Top prospect Justin Schultz had two goals and an assist in Friday's 5-1 win for the Oklahoma City Barons. (Photo: David Maxwell/Getty Images)

SECOND STAR:

Jordan Caron, Providence

Caron looked like a first-round pick from the 2009 NHL Draft on Friday night, scoring a hat trick in the Bruins' 4-3 victory. They were his first three goals of the season, but he is one of several Boston prospects that figure prominently in Providence's forward corps. Ryan Spooner had the other goal, and the 2010 second-round pick is tied for the team lead with four points with Boston's second-round selection from 2008, Maxime Sauve.

THIRD STAR:

Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Portland

Ekman-Larsson played 15 AHL games in 2010-11, but he has as many goals in three contests this season. He had two tallies and an assist to help the Pirates collect a wild 7-4 win against Worcester. The future offensive potential for the Phoenix Coyotes' blue line was on display in this contest -- fellow 21-year-old David Rundblad had two assists and Maxim Goncharov, 23, added a pair of assists as well. Ekman-Larsson has three goals and five points in three games for Portland.

FULL STORY ›EMAIL & SHARE OPTIONS ›|Comment › |Print ›

Bay Area's Acolatse climbing San Jose depth chart

Friday, 10.19.2012 / 9:00 AM / AHL Update

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

Dena Acolatse admits that "Slap Shot" is one of her favorite films. That's basically the only connection her family ever had to hockey. Dena grew up in the Bay Area and worked in Silicon Valley, and her husband, Connel, came to California from Ghana to study and eventually work.

There wasn't any reason for them to believe their son, Sena, had a future in the sport. But a year after Sena was born, the San Jose Sharks arrived in Northern California.

Now 21 years old, Sena Acolatse is on the cusp of being the first Bay Area native to play for the Sharks.

FULL STORY ›EMAIL & SHARE OPTIONS ›|Comment › |Print ›

AHL youngsters are rookies in name only

Friday, 10.12.2012 / 9:00 AM / AHL Update

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

Near the end of each hockey season, there is an infusion of young talent at the American Hockey League level as players in junior leagues and the NCAA finish their seasons and have the opportunity to join AHL clubs for a brief look at life as a professional.

For the college guys, it means they signed a pro contract and are done with school. For the junior players, it is possible their brush with pro hockey is not permanent, as those who are eligible end up back with their junior teams the next season -- unless they make it in the NHL.

This specific collection of players often makes up a portion of the AHL's rookie class, and because of the NHL lockout, that group will be a little bigger this season when the league opens play Friday.

Those players have an advantage over other rookies because they've spent time with AHL teams in the past and know what to expect, and in a few cases they actually have NHL experience, as well.

FULL STORY ›EMAIL & SHARE OPTIONS ›|Comment › |Print ›

Numerous top prospects to make AHL debuts

Friday, 10.12.2012 / 9:00 AM / AHL Update

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

The American Hockey League is a training ground for future stars, but the amount of young talent available to AHL clubs when the league begins play this weekend has expanded because of the NHL lockout.

Not only will there be players who have had NHL success, including Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle and Oliver Ekman-Larsson, but many of the top prospects for the 30 NHL clubs will be playing for their AHL affiliates when the regular season opens Friday.

Several top prospects will be making their professional debuts, while a handful of European phenoms will get their first taste of pro hockey on the smaller North American rinks.

Here's a look at some of the prospects who will make their North American professional debuts. There are plenty of other exciting young talents who already have made cameos in the AHL or NHL who will be playing this weekend, and a list of those players can be found here.

FULL STORY ›EMAIL & SHARE OPTIONS ›|Comment › |Print ›

Capitals president Patrick growing game in D.C.

Wednesday, 10.10.2012 / 5:07 PM / AHL Update

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

This is George McPhee's 15th season as general manager of the Washington Capitals, meaning he's been with the franchise exactly half as long as his boss, team president Dick Patrick, who will receive the Lester Patrick Trophy for his service to hockey in the United States during the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony Monday night in Dallas.

While the Capitals have made the playoffs in 23 of Patrick's 29 seasons with the organization, McPhee said the real measure of Patrick's influence has been the growth of hockey in the Washington, D.C., area during the past two decades.

"He's lived it," McPhee told NHL.com. "He grew up with it in the area with his son Chris playing -- Chris and Jeff Halpern played together all the way up, and Dick was able to coach them."

Perhaps the most impressive statistic is the growth in the number of high school hockey teams in the area. In 1990, according to the Capitals, there were 15 high school teams and 250 players. By last season, that number had grown to 110 teams and 2,300 players.

"He knows the grass-roots level of hockey in Washington very well, having experienced it," McPhee said of Patrick. "He's always donated a lot of resources for growing the game at that level."

FULL STORY ›EMAIL & SHARE OPTIONS ›|Comment › |Print ›

Back in Albany, Henrique honing leadership skills

Wednesday, 10.10.2012 / 9:00 AM / AHL Update

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- Like a veteran back in his element, Adam Henrique strides across the familiar bright red carpet inside the dressing room, with an air of confidence about him. This is a player who recognizes exactly where he is, has precise goals of what he wants to achieve in hockey and totally understands how this bump in the road he's come to can't stop him from becoming the player he's determined to become.

Henrique, a Calder Trophy finalist last season, wants to be a captain in the National Hockey League. He wants to be the player young guys look to for guidance. He wants to be the voice of a team -- the pulse, the guy the coach leans on.

"A few years down the road I want to be in the position that Zach Parise is in -- that's how I look at it," Henrique told NHL.com after playing in an American Hockey League preseason game for the Albany Devils. "Hopefully a few years down the road, some kid will be sitting in my spot and I'll be teaching him things."

Playing in the AHL, for however long it may be as a result of the ongoing work stoppage, will give Henrique the chance to flex his leadership muscles.

FULL STORY ›EMAIL & SHARE OPTIONS ›|Comment › |Print ›
First | Prev | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16-18 | Next | Last
Quote of the Day

I've been so fortunate, blessed, to play a long time with some great players and be on power plays, play in some great cities and stuff. It's been fun.

— Avalanche forward Jarome Iginla on tying Dino Ciccarelli for 46th place on the NHL's all-time list with his 1,200th career point after their win vs. the Predators on Friday