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AHL Notebook: Subban's change of fortune inspires others

McCarron, Erne among minor-league vets chasing full-time NHL opportunity

by Patrick Williams / NHL.com Correspondent

You just never know in the American Hockey League.

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Malcolm Subban is the most recent example that opportunity can arrive at any time for a player.

Going into training camp this fall, Subban, 23, faced a career crossroads as a prospect for the Boston Bruins. He had shown promise in the AHL and had a .917 save percentage to go with his 2.41 goals-against average last season with Providence.

However, the clock is always ticking for a prospect, and he was going into his fifth AHL season and facing a battle with Zane McIntyre for playing time in Providence. McIntyre had the best save percentage (.930) last season in the AHL and ranked second in GAA (2.03).

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AHL Notebook: Second-helpings good for prospects

Dal Colle, Connor among returnees ready to prove NHL credentials

by Patrick Williams / NHL.com Correspondent

For top prospects, a second season in the American Hockey League is when NHL executives begin to receive some answers.

If the player had a difficult rookie season in the AHL, does he begin to figure out the pro game in his second season?

If he was struggling in the transition from Europe, was it simply an acclimation period to the North American game?

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AHL Notebook: Five rookies to watch

Aston-Reese, Chabot among first-year players expected to shine

by Patrick Williams / NHL.com Correspondent

The 82nd season of the American Hockey League begins Friday.

Player development remains the top priority for the AHL, and the numbers back up that mission. Last season, 121 AHL players made their NHL debuts, and 88 percent of NHL players last season had spent time in the AHL.

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#TBT: New Marlies assistant coach Davison once scored 200-foot goal

While playing with the Islanders, former defenseman turned a clear into a shorthanded score

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You can't teach 200-foot goals, but the new Toronto Marlies assistant coach might want to try.

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AHL Notebook: Sabres focused on improved development culture in Rochester

Buffalo general manager Jason Botterill saw importance while with Penguins for back-to-back Stanley Cup wins

by Patrick Williams / NHL.com Correspondent

The Nashville Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins used the Stanley Cup Final to show the importance of player development in the American Hockey League.

For the Predators, 96 percent of their roster had graduated from the AHL; 92 percent of the Penguins roster were AHL alumni.

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AHL Notebook: Todd Nelson praised by Grand Rapids

Coach helps Griffins win second Calder Cup in past five seasons

by Patrick Williams / NHL.com Correspondent

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Grand Rapids Griffins coach Todd Nelson often speaks about the concept of the art and science of guiding a team.

"The science is all of the systems work," Nelson said. "The art is getting the guys to play hard for you and trying to mesh your team together. We came together as a group really early in the season."

Grand Rapids won its second Calder Cup championship in five seasons Tuesday. A 4-3 win against the stubborn Syracuse Crunch in Game 6 of the Calder Cup Final ended a 15-4 postseason, 10-0 at home.

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Grand Rapids wins Calder Cup, defeats Syracuse in Game 6

Red Wings affiliate scores twice in third period to earn AHL championship

by Patrick Williams / NHL.com Correspondent

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan -- The Grand Rapids Griffins are American Hockey League champions for the second time in five seasons after they defeated the Syracuse Crunch 4-3 in Game 6 of the Calder Cup Finals at Van Andel Arena on Tuesday.

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Syracuse extends Calder Cup Finals with Game 5 win against Grand Rapids

Lightning affiliate scores five times in first period

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Syracuse scored five times in the first period and extended the Calder Cup Finals with a 5-1 win against Grand Rapids in Game 5 at Onondaga County War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York on Saturday.

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AHL Notebook: Calder Cup Final continues

Grand Rapids resumes quest for second championship, holds 2-0 lead against Syracuse in best-of-7 series

by Patrick Williams / NHL.com Correspondent

A last-minute win and a double-overtime victory separate the Grand Rapids Griffins from the Syracuse Crunch through the first two games of the Calder Cup Final.

Grand Rapids will take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 series on the road for Game 3 on Wednesday. The American Hockey League affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings is seeking its second Calder Cup championship in five seasons. The Griffins defeated the Crunch, the AHL affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning, in six games in 2013.

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AHL Notebook: Grand Rapids, Syracuse vie in Calder Cup Final

Affiliates of Red Wings, Lightning competing for championship

by Patrick Williams / NHL.com Correspondent

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- The American Hockey League is flashing back to 2013 in the 2017 Calder Cup Finals.

Grand Rapids and Syracuse are playing their second final in five seasons. Grand Rapids defeated Syracuse in six games in 2013 and won Game 1 on Friday.

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