The AHL's Western Conference was home to the Calder Cup champions in 2012-13, but that league's Eastern Conference should offer up at least a couple of legitimate contenders in the 2013-14 campaign. And, with the Western Conference already previewed, Hockey's Future will now take a look some of the teams and prospects to take note of in the AHL's Eastern Conference for this season that is now underway. The NHL team affiliated with the AHL club is indicated in parentheses next to the AHL team name.
Last Season: 43-22-6-5 (97 points, 1st place in the North Division)
The Crunch, who inherited the 2011 Calder Cup-winning team from the Norfolk Admirals when affiliations changed, made it to the Calder Cup final, where they lost to the Grand Rapids Griffins, 4 games to 2.… read more