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AHL Update

Wild prospect Zucker finding success as AHL rookie

Friday, 04.12.2013 / 12:50 PM / AHL Update

Samantha Wood - Special to NHL.com

The old adage in sports is big players make big plays in big games.

Jason Zucker is proving to be one of those players. The American Hockey League co-leader in game-winning goals with eight, Zucker knows how to get the job done.

And now he’s set his sights on another target -- the Calder Cup.

The first major honor for the Houston Aeros forward was his selection to play in the AHL All-Star Classic in Providence in January.

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Svedberg just keeps winning for Providence Bruins

Friday, 04.05.2013 / 12:31 PM / AHL Update

Samantha Wood - Special to NHL.com

It's every goaltender's job to avoid goals.

Maybe that's why Niklas Svedberg only has one: "You play hockey because you want to win hockey games."

And win he has. The Providence Bruins rookie has amassed a 32-8-2 record in his first season in the American Hockey League, with no signs of slowing down.

"There's no reason to have any other goal than winning," he said. "That's the mindset to have."

Signed by the Boston Bruins last May, the 23-year-old Swedish netminder has been winning in Providence ever since. Now almost a year later, the P-Bruins are comfortably at the top of the Atlantic Division and on the brink of their first trip to the AHL postseason since 2009.

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Lightning prospect Connolly honing game in AHL

Friday, 03.29.2013 / 9:00 AM / AHL Update

Samantha Wood - Special to NHL.com

Remember this name: Brett Connolly.

The 20-year-old right wing has raised eyebrows with his first-place Syracuse Crunch, taking the American Hockey League by storm and distinguishing himself as one to watch.

His season would be a great start for a young player looking to work his way to the NHL, but for Connolly, the route has been a little more circuitous.

Selected by Tampa Bay with the sixth pick of the 2010 NHL Draft, the Campbell River, British Columbia native made the leap straight from juniors to the NHL last season. He appeared in 68 games with the Lightning, scoring four goals with 11 assists.

"I learned a lot last year and it was a lot of fun," Connolly said of sharing time with Steven Stamkos, Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier. "Whenever someone gets to play in the NHL, it's a great accomplishment and a great experience. It was a very good year."

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Marlies' Hamilton shines at AHL All-Star Game

Monday, 01.28.2013 / 11:26 PM / AHL Update

NHL.com

Toronto Marlies forward Ryan Hamilton completed a hat trick with 11.2 seconds remaining in regulation, breaking a tie and sending the Western Conference to a 7-6 win against the Eastern Conference in the 2013 American Hockey League All-Star Game at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, R.I., on Monday night.

Hamilton, who was named the Dunkin' Donuts All-Star Game Most Valuable Player, scored the final three goals of the night for the West to record the seventh hat trick in All-Star Game history. Mark Arcobello of the Oklahoma City Barons tallied three assists and rookie forwards Drew Shore of the San Antonio Rampage and Jason Zucker of the Houston Aeros notched a goal and an assist each for the West.

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Eakins, Richardson reunite at AHL All-Star Game

Saturday, 01.26.2013 / 9:00 AM / AHL Update

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

Like any mid-season exhibition, this weekend's 2013 Dunkin' Donuts AHL All-Star Classic is a unique opportunity for some of the game's best prospects to congregate in a relaxed environment.

For opposing coaches Dallas Eakins and Luke Richardson, it will be a fun reunion that has been a long time coming.

"I'm honored to go represent our team," Eakins, the Toronto Marlies coach who will appear in the game for the second consecutive year, said. "But selfishly, I haven't been able to see Luke a whole lot lately. I'm really looking forward to hanging out and catching up."

The American Hockey League's All-Star Game, which takes place Jan. 28 in Providence, RI, should be the perfect place for the two longtime defensemen to rekindle a friendship that began almost 30 years ago with the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League.

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AHL to discontinue hybrid icing rule

Tuesday, 01.15.2013 / 4:01 PM / AHL Update

NHL.com

The American Hockey League's Board of Governors has voted to discontinue its current test of the hybrid icing rule, effective with Friday's games.

"We believe that 564 games has been a sufficient test period for 'hybrid icing,' and that the application of the rule has been positive for the most part," AHL president Dave Andrews said in a statement Tuesday. "But because we have more than 300 players recalled to the National Hockey League each season, it is our view that these players should have the benefit of a consistent application of the icing rule in both the AHL and NHL."

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Young stars have edge after spending time in AHL

Monday, 01.14.2013 / 9:00 AM / AHL Update

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

While many players either skated overseas or on their own during the work stoppage, several of the game's bright young stars honed their skills these past few months in the American Hockey League.

Those who stayed in North America and played within the systems of the parent clubs should benefit when competing for an NHL roster spot during training camp.

With that in mind, NHL.com takes a closer look at players who could turn heads during the 2012-13 NHL season (list is alphabetized by NHL city):

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AHL Roundup: Atkinson on tear, Gardiner heating up

Monday, 12.10.2012 / 9:15 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

Cam Atkinson, Springfield

Atkinson had two goals in the final 4:06 of the third period to help the Falcons past St. John's. He also had two assists in the 5-3 victory, and is tied for the team lead with 25 points in 22 games. It was the second four-point game of the season for Atkinson, a sixth-round pick by Columbus in the 2008 NHL Draft. He has nine goals in the past 10 games and 13 tallies on the season, which is tied for second in the AHL. Atkinson had back-to-back 30-goal campaigns for Boston College before netting 36 between Springfield and Columbus in 2011-12 -- his first season as a professional.

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AHL Roundup: Da Costa's hat trick caps weekend

Monday, 12.03.2012 / 9:46 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:

FRIDAY

FIRST STAR

Jason Zucker, Houston

Zucker had two goals and an assist to help the Aeros defeat Oklahoma City. Houston is without the Minnesota Wild's top two prospects -- forward Mikael Granlund and defenseman Jonas Brodin -- because of injury, but Zucker has starred in their absence. A second-round pick in 2010, Zucker leads the team with 11 goals and is second with 18 points. Defenseman Justin Schultz (Edmonton, signed as free agent in 2012) had two assists for the Barons. Schultz leads the AHL with 31 points.

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AHL Roundup: Lehner continues to be lights out

Monday, 11.26.2012 / 9:08 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

Andy Miele, Portland

Miele had four assists to help the Pirates fend off Springfield in overtime. The Falcons led 4-1 at one point, but Miele had the primary assist on three straight goals to level the score and again on Oliver Ekman-Larsson's winner in the extra session. Miele, the 2011 Hobey Baker Award winner, signed as an undrafted free agent with Phoenix in April of last year. He is now second on the Pirates with 16 points in 18 games.

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