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AHL Update

AHL extends test of new icing rule

Tuesday, 11.20.2012 / 2:50 PM / AHL Update

NHL.com

The American Hockey League announced Tuesday the league's Board of Governors has voted to continue the current test of AHL Rule 82 (“Icing”) until the resumption of play in the National Hockey League, at which time it will be reconsidered by the AHL Board.

At the request of the NHL, the AHL Board of Governors in June approved a test of a variation of Rule 82 that, in the event of a potential icing violation, completes the play should a defending player be the first to reach the end zone faceoff dots and provided the puck will cross the goal line at that point.

The test of the rule, known as hybrid icing, had originally been in effect until Nov. 19, at which time the Board was to consider its continuation.

The current NHL rule requires the puck to be touched by a player before icing is called.

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AHL Roundup: Tangradi nets hat trick, Frattin returns

Monday, 11.19.2012 / 9:18 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

Eric Tangradi, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

Tangradi had a hat trick in a 3-1 victory for the Penguins against Bridgeport. A second-round pick by Anaheim in 2007 who was traded to Pittsburgh in the Ryan Whitney-for-Chris Kunitz swap, Tangradi has spent the past three seasons shuttling between Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and the parent club. He has just one goal in 40 NHL games, but has been productive at the AHL level and remains one of the franchise's top forward prospects. The 23-year-old has nine goals in 15 AHL contests this season -- he had 33 in 79 games in the previous two seasons combined.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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There was a lot of talk off the ice. From a player's standpoint, that's not the talk in the room. GMs make decisions, coaches make decisions, but as a team you have to come together and be ready to go, and we are.

— San Jose Sharks forward Tommy Wingels on his team's approach entering training camp