Prospect Ramblings – AHL prospects to watch in the Atlantic and Central

Peter Harling

2016-04-23

Anthony Mantha

As the Calder Cup playoffs have fully geared up, it is always a matter of curiosity to see which players may be playing their final game in the AHL. While it is by no means a certainty, the Calder Cup is a chance where prospects get to show what they can do when it matters most. With some players at the point where this is little to prove in the minor league level, let us take a look at some names who may be NHL-bound next season.

Specifically, this week I’ll be looking at the Atlantic and Central Divisions of the AHL – next week, stay tuned for the North Division and the Pacific Divisions.

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ATLANTIC DIVISION

Madison Bowey (WSH) has had a strong season with the Hershey Bears, but may not be ready for prime time. Posting four goals and 29 points over 70 games this season, with a plus-22 rating, the former Kelowna Rocket has had an impressive freshman campaign – however, with the Capitals depth on defense, there is little need to rush him.

The same may not be said for Jakub Vrana (WSH), however – after a nearly point-per-game season with the Bears, the young left winger may be ready to make the jump should a top-six opportunity present itself in training camp. Though small in stature, Vrana has excellent offensive tools including solid playmaking abilities and a solid wrist shot.