📝 by Patrick Williams
AHL expertise is about to go world.
Some acquainted AHL names are heading to a pair of well-known worldwide tournaments, together with a who’s-who of high prospects jetting off to the IIHF World Junior Championship. That occasion begins play on Monday in Halifax, N.S. and Moncton, N.B.
Jiricek, who went sixth total to the Columbus Blue Jackets, has been excellent for the Cleveland Monsters, with 20 factors (5 targets, 15 assists) and a plus-6 score in 19 video games. In his last sport earlier than becoming a member of the Czech U-20 workforce, Jiricek delivered a power-play purpose and an help in a 7-5 loss to Utica on Thursday night time.
Nemec, taken second total by the New Jersey Devils, has 11 factors (three targets, eight assists) and a plus-9 score in 24 video games for the Comets. He’ll characterize Slovakia on the World Juniors.
Two Rochester Individuals forwards, each first-round picks by the Buffalo Sabres, are off to Atlantic Canada as properly. Jiri Kulich has 16 factors (six targets, 10 assists) in 24 video games for the Amerks as an 18-year-old. The Czech ahead was voted essentially the most precious participant of the IIHF Underneath-18 championships, the place he led the event with 9 targets in six video games. And Isak Rosen, 19, will characterize Sweden after posting 15 factors (three targets, 12 assists) in 25 video games to this point for the Amerks.
Becoming a member of Rosen on the Swedish roster can be Windfall Bruins ahead Fabian Lysell, additionally 19. Lysell was a 2021 first-round choose (twenty first total) by the Boston Bruins who has taken shortly to the AHL with 19 factors (eight targets, 11 assists) in 20 appearances with Windfall.
Workforce USA can have Manitoba Moose ahead Chaz Lucius, who’s in his first professional season after one season on the College of Minnesota. Chosen 18th total within the 2021 NHL Draft by the Winnipeg Jets, Lucius has picked up 5 factors (two targets, three assists) in 12 video games for the Moose. The Jets are additionally sending ahead Brad Lambert from the Manitoba roster to compete for Finland. Lambert, who turned 19 this week, has a pair of targets and together with an help in 14 video games for the Moose; he was the thirtieth total choose within the 2022 NHL Draft.
Extra skilled AHL expertise is getting a flip to compete internationally as properly on the Spengler Cup, which begins play Monday in Davos, Switzerland. The AHL has lengthy had a robust presence at an occasion that dates to 1923 within the famend Swiss ski resort city and is the world’s oldest worldwide membership event. Final held in 2019, the occasion runs from Boxing Day till New Yr’s Eve.
As all the time, the Canada Nationwide Workforce entry can have an AHL taste and supply gamers with an opportunity to put on the maple leaf afterward of their careers. The roster consists of 9 present AHL gamers in Nicolas Beaudin (Laval), Tobie Bisson (Ontario), Josh Brook (Calgary), Kevin Connauton (Lehigh Valley), Michael Hutchinson (Henderson), Wyatt Kalynuk (Abbotsford), Riley Nash (Charlotte), Brendan Perlini (Chicago) and Alan Quine (Ontario). For Bisson, Connauton and Hutchinson, will probably be their first time representing Canada at any stage.
Charlotte and Windfall assist take the AHL into the Christmas break once they meet within the AHLTV Free Sport of the Week tonight (6 ET).
The Checkers (13-11-2-1) broke a five-game shedding streak final night time with a 2-1 extra time win over the Bruins at Bojangles’ Coliseum on Riley Nash’s tenth purpose of the season, snapping a shot low previous Brandon Bussi 55 seconds into the additional body. Alex Lyon made 21 saves to safe his one hundredth profession AHL victory.
Windfall, 16-4-5-2 on the season, is within the midst of eight consecutive video games on the highway.
Kirkland, a 26-year-old in his seventh professional season, reached the NHL after 352 AHL video games with Milwaukee, Stockton and San Diego. He had a breakout 25-goal season with Stockton final season and added 12 factors in 13 playoff video games because the Warmth reached the Western Convention Finals, and has six targets and 7 assists in 19 appearances for the Gulls after signing with Anaheim within the offseason.
Kirkland debuted for the Geese on Tuesday night time at Los Angeles, and was within the lineup once more on Wednesday vs. Minnesota.
🏒 The Calgary Flames group feted Wranglers captain Brett Sutter in type on Wednesday night time as he performed his 1,000th AHL sport.
AHL President and CEO Scott Howson made the journey to Calgary to current the 35-year-old Sutter with a crystal award to commemorate the milestone. A portray of Sutter by artist David Arrigo, whose work additionally consists of goaltender masks, was introduced to him, and the Calgary Sports activities & Leisure Corp. donated $10,000 in Sutter’s title to HEROS Hockey, a charity that gives free packages to youngsters.
Sutter had his spouse Erin, daughters Olivia and Charlotte, and son Bo with him on the ice. They have been joined by his brother Chris, and mom Wanda. Sutter’s father, Flames head coach Darryl Sutter, couldn’t attend the occasion as he was on the highway with the workforce.
To finish the ceremony, Sutter was joined by his teammates at heart ice for a workforce photograph.
🏒 The Hershey Bears scattered for his or her vacation break Wednesday in command of first place total within the AHL following a sweep of a home-and-home collection with archrival Lehigh Valley. At 20-6-2-1, the Bears are the primary workforce this season to achieve 20 victories and the second-fastest within the membership’s 85-year AHL to achieve that mark; the 2020-21 Bears notched 20 wins of their first 28 video games. Hershey holds a four-point lead on Windfall as they put together to host the Bruins on Wednesday and Saturday of subsequent week.
The Bears received a lift with the return of goaltenders Zach Fucale and Hunter Shepard from the Washington Capitals. Shepard (7-0-2) leads the AHL with a 1.85 goals-against common and ranks second with a .932 save share.
🏒 Michael Carcone had proven a goal-scoring contact since coming to the Tucson Roadrunners in February 2021, together with a career-high 24 targets final season. However the seventh-year professional has discovered a brand new stage of late with 29 factors in his final 17 video games, taking up the AHL scoring lead with 41 factors (16 targets, 25 assists) on the 12 months.
Powered in no small half by Carcone, the Roadrunners have scored 31 targets of their previous six video games, together with final night time’s 6-2 win over San Diego. Tucson hosts the Gulls once more tonight.
🏒 AHL main goal-scorer Anthony Richard has introduced that nostril for the web to the NHL. Recalled by Montreal earlier within the week, Richard picked up his first profession NHL purpose on Wednesday night time within the Canadiens’ 2-1 extra time loss at Colorado. Richard has scored 18 targets in 27 video games for Laval this season.
🏒 Defenseman Travis Dermott is with the Abbotsford Canucks on a conditioning task from Vancouver. He performed in Tuesday’s 6-2 win over San Jose, his first AHL motion since Sport 6 of the 2018 Calder Cup Finals with Toronto.
🏒 Syracuse hits the break on a four-game successful streak; the Crunch defeated Laval on Wednesday, 2-1, within the groups’ first assembly because the Rocket eradicated Syracuse from the Calder Cup Playoffs again in Could. Gemel Smith had a purpose to push his point-scoring streak to 13 video games, tied for the longest within the league this season.
🏒 Cleveland ahead Emil Bemstrom has factors in 12 straight video games, and in 19 of his 21 video games performed total this season. The 23-year-old Swede additionally has 4 factors in seven NHL video games with Columbus this season.
🏒 Following tonight’s video games, the AHL is off for 3 days apart from a Boxing Day matinee between the Toronto Marlies and the Belleville Senators at Scotiabank Enviornment. The Friday schedule is already three video games lighter as video games in Rochester, Grand Rapids and Laval have been postponed on account of inclement winter climate.
Patrick Williams has been on the American Hockey League beat for almost 20 years for retailers together with NHL.com, Sportsnet, TSN, The Hockey Information, SiriusXM NHL Community Radio and SLAM! Sports activities, and is at the moment the co-host of The Hockey News On The ‘A’ podcast. He was the recipient of the AHL’s James H. Ellery Memorial Award for his excellent protection of the league in 2016.