The American Hockey League has been developing future NHL talents for decades and now it is going to look a lot more like the top League in the world.
David Andrews, the president and CEO of the AHL, announced Tuesday the league's realignment and alterations to the playoff structure after an annual meeting of the Board of Governors. The AHL will have six divisions of five teams for the 2011-12 season.
The league's newest franchise, St. John's, will be part of the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division, along with Manchester, Portland, Providence and Worcester. The New York Rangers
' affiliate's first full season as the Connecticut Whale will play in the Northeast Division along with Adirondack, Albany, Bridgeport and Springfield. The East Division will include Binghamton, Hershey, Norfolk, Syracuse and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.