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10-16-2003, 11:31 AM
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All out AHL preview, in depth for free

The 2nd preview was out last Thursday, a great way to learn about any of the teams.

http://www.insidehockey.com/ahl neww...L PREVIEW LINK

http://www.insidehockey.com newwindo...DE HOCKEY LINK

It is way too big to copy and paste, but here is the first team, and the intro. Scroll down for the other 14 teams, it has all 28 teams, by one person its a great read.

2003/2004 AHL Preview


This week, I preview the AHL's Atlantic and East divisions...


The American Hockey League is about ready to begin its 2003-2004 campaign. This season marks the AHL's 68th season in existence, and its 28 teams will now embark on a long journey to the Calder Cup. Last year, the Hamilton Bulldogs were the team to beat going into the playoffs, and only the Houston Aeros were able to beat them. Goalie Johan Holmqvist led the Aeros to a 3-0 victory in the 7th game of the Calder Cup finals, and was named the 2002-2003 playoff MVP for his efforts. This year the Aeros are going to try and defend their championship, but the competition will be fierce.


The first night of AHL action is set for tonight as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will host the Norfolk Admirals in Michel Therriens debut as the new Wilkes-Barre/Scranton head coach. There are a total of eight coaches in new cities this season:


Doug Jarvis - Hamilton Bulldogs


Greg Cronin - Bridgeport Sound Tigers


Geoff Ward - Toronto Roadrunners


Claude Noel - Milwaukee Admirals


Paul Fixture - the Hershey Bears


Steve Ludzig - the San Antonio Rampage


Scott Gordon - Providence Bruins


Doug Shedden - St. Johns Maple Leafs
This year the AHL will have over 1,100 regular season games played in 28 cities across North America. The All-Star game will be held at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids Michigan.


It will be interesting to see who will be the "Jason Ward" of 2003-2004? Who will be the "Johan Holmqvist" of this season's playoffs? What rookies are going to make a name for themselves? Will any goalies be better than Ray Emery? What established high priced NHL players are going to get sent down, like Donald Audette, Mariusz Czerkawski and Shawn Heinze did last year?


Here is a look at how I expect the teams in the AHL's Atlantic and East divisions to fare in the upcoming season. If you missed last week's report, click here for the North and West division previews...


ATLANTIC DIVISION


Hartford Wolfpack


NHL Affiliation: New York Rangers


2003-2004 Outlook: In the off-season, the Wolf Pack suffered a tragic loss, as 24 year old winger Roman Lyashenko passed away in his hotel room while on vacation in Turkey. Lyashenko was one of the better players on the Wolf Pack, and his skates will be tough to fill. However, the Rangers have added a lot of depth in recent years, and that should help in Hartford. Making the playoffs shouldn't be a problem, though the same cannot be said for their parent club, the New York Rangers.


Offense: The Rangers made many additions in the off-season. Chris Simon, Jan Hlavac and Martin Rucinsky are among the notables added to the lineup, and these additions should mean that a few more good players will be in Hartford this season. The Wolf Pack will probably not have an explosive offense, but their roster does have guys like Garth Murray, Dominic Moore, Ronald Petrovicky and Cory Larose who should all put together respectable numbers.


Defense: Two words: Fedor Tyutin! I watched this guy play for the Guelph Storm for a full season, and can say with certainty that he's a top NHL prospect. Tyutin is now coming back to North America, and his speed should help him lead the Wolf Pack's blue line. Along with Tyutin will be Bryce Lampman, Craig Weller, Lawrence Nycholat and John Jakopin. The Wolf Pack's top five will probably not be the best in the league, but they will be far from the worst. When Brian Leetch returns from his ankle injury, either Dale Purinton or Joel Bouchard will come down to take the final spot.


Goaltending: Two years ago, with the 10th overall selection in the draft, the Rangers selected goaltender Dan Blackburn. Blackburn made his NHL debut at the age of 18 and has been one of the NHL's most promising young goaltenders ever since. Due to the acquisition of Oilers backup Jussi Markkanen, the 20-year-old Blackburn will now play in the AHL (he was uneligible to play in the AHL last year). Blackburn and Jason LaBarbera should provide one of the most challenging and deadly duos, leading Hartford to many victories.


Player to watch: Former 1st rounder Dan Blackburn had to wait two years, until he turned 20, to make his AHL debut. Now he should dominate, and should be a shoe-in for the all-star team. Blackburn is a very patient goalie who concentrates on the play very well. It will be very interesting to see how he manages to adapt to the increase in games played. The Wolf Pack hope that he's up to the challenge...



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I can't speak for many other teams, but the preview of the Chicago Wolves was horribly done.

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Even though this is full of factual errors, I do like this part

Albany River Rats
NHL Affiliation: New Jersey Devils

2003-2004 Outlook: I am about to make a bold and daring prediction: as of now I believe that the River Rats will be the 2004 Calder Cup champions.


Too bad they're 0-2 so far and half the players listed are not even playing...

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I can't speak for many other teams, but the preview of the Chicago Wolves was horribly done.
Ditto for the IceCats.

The "player to watch" isn't even on the team, and neither are 3 of the 7 defensemen listed.

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10-17-2003, 06:31 AM
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Interesting take on things... too bad he missed the boat on a lot of different aspects of the varying teams.

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Okay, now, the Philadelphia thing. Mark Greig is in Germany now. And that thing about the playmaking skills of Andre Roy? Because of PHANTOMS never having contractual rights to Andre Roy and other factors I'm pretty sure they meant Andre Savage. Got to wonder about the evaluations also.

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Ditto for the IceCats.

The "player to watch" isn't even on the team, and neither are 3 of the 7 defensemen listed.
Wow.. that is bad.

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Worcester

Petr Sejna might end up in the AHL. I think he might spend some time in Worcester.

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You also got to consider the fact that it was done before training camp for the most part, and there were a lot of surprises in camp. Therefore making it difficult to predict.

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No one should do a preview for the AHL that far in advance, it's just dumb. But even still, there are a lot of errors that could have been avoided, regardless of when it was done. Not enough research put in, not by a long shot.

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The outlook on the Baby Leafs' defense is horrific:

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Defense: The Baby Leafs are going to enter this season with many holes on the blueline. For starters, they will probably be missing both Pierre Hedin and Karel Pilar, last season's top pairing. It is also expected that Brendan Bell and Carlo Colaiacovo will both play for St. Johns, if they do, they will play a big role in the success of the blue line. Though there aren't any potential superstars here, the Baby Leafs' blueline will not be their weak spot.
Hedin played in the Swedish Elite Serien for MoDo last year, whereas Pilar was injured most of last season...

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Nobody has ANYTHING good to say about it.

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