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Friday was a really busy night across the AHL. Here are some recaps with my fantasy thoughts.

 

 

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Some really impressive performance from OKC last night.

 

Justin Schultz had two goals (both short-handed) and he had six shots on goal, to go along with a stellar plus-five rating.

Jordan Eberle had seven shots on goal and a goal.

 

Defenseman Martin Marincin was also a plus-five (I am going to go out on a limb and assume he played with Schultz).

Nugent-Hopkins had two helpers.

 

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Drayson Bowman and Zach Boychuk both scored for Charlotte – this is an important few months for both of them – suddenly the Hurricanes are a lot deeper up front, and Boychuk in particular could be on the move elsewhere if he can’t step up and earn a spot.

 

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Charlie Coyle scored for Houston, as did Zach Phillips.

 

Houston has a number of players who should be full-time NHLers within the next two years – Coyle, Phillips, Mikael Granlund, Tyler Cuma, Jonas Brodin, Brett Bulmer, Jason Zucker, and Marco Scandella. Impressive team – and that doesn’t’ even include goalie Matt Hackett, who had 26 saves on 27 shots.

 

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Chris Tanev and Kevin Connauton combined for seven shots and shut down Sven Bartschi, for the most part.

 

Zack Kassian had a goal, a scrap, and the shootout winner.

 

Eddie Lack stopped 27 of 29 shots and should get the start tonight, as well.

 

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Marcus Foligno had a goal and four shots for Rochester. It will be interesting to see if the Stafford-Ennis-Foligno line picks up where it left off last season.

 

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Tomas Jurco’s solid season continues – he scored one of the three Grand Rapids goals last night.

 

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Ducks defensive prospect and one of the best young offensive defensemen in hockey had three helpers last night – Sami Vatanen.

 

The Anaheim second line center of the future, Peter Holland, had a goal.

 

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Louis Leblanc was the star in Hamilton, scoring twice and recording a team-leading five shots on goal.

 

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Brayden Schenn was a minus-2 last night, but he did lead the Flyers AHL affiliate in shots with seven.

 

Winnipeg prospect Eddie Pasquale stopped 32 of 33 shots for the win over Adironack.

 

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More on undrafted Chicago Wolves winger Nathan LongpreI wrote this profile for the Canucks Army yesterday.

 

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JT Brown scored a beauty for Syracuse yesterday. The Lightning prospect looked really good, as did Corey Conacher and Alex Killorn.

 

Tampa Bay has some really impressive prospects that are closer to the NHL than you might think.

 

Dustin Tokarski stopped 25 of 27 shots in the win. He is splitting time with Riku Helenius between the Syracuse pipes.

 

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Mattias Tedenby scored a goal and had a team-high four shots. He was very effective with his speed and tenacity – even

if he isn’t a 25 goal scorer in the NHL, he will carve out a niche for himself as an energy/pest forward with speed and skill.

 

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One of my favorite prospects in hockey, Joe Morrow, had a goal and three shots last night. He’ll push for a roster spot with the Benguins very, very soon.

 

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John Moore and Tim Erixon combined for 11 shots on goal in the Springfield game.

 

Matt Calvert had an assist, and Jonathan Audy-Marchessault had a goal and two helpers.

 

JAM (much easier to write out) had 24 goals and 237 SOG for Connecticut last year. He’s small and skilled – likely a the typical “tweener” between the NHL and AHL.

 

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Jordan Caron had a hat trick for the Providence Bruins. He’s a lock to make Boston when the season starts, but in what capacity?

 

Bruins prospect goaltender Niklas Svedberg won his first ever North American start.

 

Ryan Spooner had the other goal for the Bruins – another one of my favorite prospects. Not sure what his NHL timetable is, though. The Bruins are really deep up the middle.

 

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Tyler Toffoli had a goal and four shots for Manchester in their loss. They did outshoot Providence significantly (33 to 17).

 

Slava Voynov had a helper and four shots on the back end. He has looked great at the AHL level, as expected.

 

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Oliver Ekman-Larsson had two goals, one assist, and four shots for Portland

 

Forward Chris Connor (former Penguin) had two goals and two assists.

 

Portland also got some contributions from Rundblad (two helpers) and Goncharov (two helpers).

 

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Tell us why you love fantasy hockey for a chance to win a signed photograph or a fantasy hockey team audit from Dobber or myself.

 

I’ll have my own answer up at some point in the next week (and no, I am not eligible to win, although I wouldn’t mind a second opinion on my fantasy team from Dobber).

 

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Kamloops forward JC Lipon is currently leading the WHL in scoring with 11 goals and 27 points in only 11 games. The Blazers are one of the strongest clubs in the WHL (and the entire CHL), and Lipon is a huge reason why.

More on Lipon here.

 

"It's kind of weird to see your name up there (with the league leaders) when you're only putting up 13 points (at age 16)," noted Lipon, now 19. "I had a good year last year and I'm just trying to build off that. Right now I'm scoring but sometimes you're going to slow down. (When that happens) you can still take the body or get in the odd fight or two. I'm not really needing to fight right now but I'm not going to back down."


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OHL forward Sean Monohan is slated to be a top five pick at next June’s draft.

The 6-foot-2 and 193 pound native of Brampton plays a two-way game that has scouts pegging him to go between three and six in the next National Hockey League Entry Draft.


As a 16-year-old, he scored 20 goals two seasons ago, and then last year he increased his offensive production to 78 points in 62 games while garnering lofty comparisons to Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews for his dominance on all 200 feet of the ice.


I have yet to see Monohan play before, but I have heard really good things from those who have.

 

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How good has Justin Schultz been in his first few weeks of pro hockey?

 

He certainly fits right in on the power play directing traffic at the top of the umbrella formation, dishing passes to Jordan Eberle on the left half-wall or Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on the right. For this group to be deadly at the NHL level, Schultz will have to prove himself as a shooter, otherwise teams will sag off of him and cover off pass-and-shoot options. Schultz doesn’t have a blistering slapshot, but he does seem to have a quick, accurate snap shot, as well as the ability to move in rapidly to take a pass and shoot himself.

 


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Schultz, by the way, had two goals (both short handed) and was a plus-five for the OKC Barons last night.

 

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Kassian's shootout winner from last night (not my camera, but I had this exact vantage point)

 


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OceanMon said:

OceanMon
yah i second pengwin7's comments.
October 20, 2012
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Super great Loving the AHL summaries with focus on NHL players that are fantasy relevant.
Really, really appreciate it!
Thumbs up.
October 20, 2012
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