Prospect Ramblings: AHL Division Alignment, AHL rule changes and 30 in 30 link (Jul 07)

Paul Zwambag

2016-07-07

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Updated AHL division alignment, also AHL Governer's meeting determines new rule changes…

Division Alignment in the AHL has changed for the 2016-17 season:

ATLANTIC DIVISION

Bridgeport Sound Tigers

Hartford Wolf Pack

Hershey Bears

Leigh Valley Phantoms

Providence Bruins

Springfield Thunderbirds

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

 

 

CENTRAL DIVISION

Charlotte Checkers

Chicago Wolves

Grand Rapids Griffins

Iowa Wild

Lake Erie Monsters

Manitoba Moose

Milwaukee Admirals

Rockford Icehogs

NORTH DIVISION

Albany Devils

Binghamton Senators

Rochester Americans

St. John's Icecaps

Syracuse Crunch

Toronto Marlies

Utica Comets

 

 

PACIFIC DIVISION

Bakersfield Condors

Ontario Reign

San Antonio Rampage

San Diego Gulls

San Jose Barracuda

Stockton Heat

Texas Stars

Tucson Roadrunners

 

A slight change in what colour jersey the home team will wear. Before the Christmas break the home team will wear the light (white) jersey. After Christmas the dark jersey will be worn at home.

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A big change in fighting is coming to the AHL. Players who fight prior to or immediately following the puck drop will be assessed a game misconduct in addition to other penalties.

During the regular season a player who gets in his 10th fight will be suspended automatically for one game, then each fight after that he will be suspended another game. If that player gets to 14 fights in total, he will be suspended for two games and then every fight after that will get a two game suspension.

If their opponent was assessed an instigator penalty, the fighting major will not count towards the player's fight total for this rule.

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A new timeout rule; after a team ices the puck, they will not be permitted to make player substitutions (which hasn't changed from the previous season) and the team may not use its time-out either.

To see the details of these rules and a few others, click here.

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As for that fighting rule, looking at the fighting major leaders from last year, the list below are the fighting major totals found at http://www.hockeyfights.com of the players who have 10 or more fighting majors. These aren't including the opponent instigator rule, but only 22 players would have been suspended at least one game for total number of fights.

Michael Liambas

20

Kyle Hagel

18

Stu Bickel

16

Darren Kramer

16

Mike Cornell

15

Kurtis Gabriel

15

Cody Bass

14

Jacob Doty

14

Stefan Fournier

13

Alex Gallant

13

Zack Stortini

13

Ben Thomson

13

Oleg Yevenko

12

Travis Ewanyk

11

Brett Gallant

11

Ryan Horvat

11

David Broll

10

Austin Carroll

10

Rich Clune

10

Jamie Devane

10

Daniel Maggio

10

Adam Payerl

10

 

This will likely bring down PIMs in total. If this rule moves up to the NHL, this could be a problem for those guys with high fighting totals. Not a big deal, the list below is who had 10+ fighting majors in the NHL. Nobody had more than 14, where they would start receiving 2 game suspensions per fight.

Cody McLeod

12

Derek Dorsett

11

Matt Martin

11

Mike Brown

10

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The icing rule is going to bring more offense to the game, leaving tired guys out on the ice after an icing and not having the chance to call time-outs is going to really hinder coaches from stalling, the players will learn to gain a break, from a broken stick, visor repair, injury, there are many ways to getting a break after an icing. Hopefully the referees stay on top of things and keep the faceoff rather quick.

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Development camps are mostly underway, a few teams have yet to begin. Stay tuned to our Feature Story chart to look at the 30 in 30's, our writers breakdown their teams drafts as well as development camp information. HERE is a link to that chart to see the latest teams covered. Our calendar isn't locked in, but we will try to keep up with one team a day. July calendar is below.

30 in 30 - July Calendar

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Feel free to leave comments, questions or concerns below, have fun playing the game of Fantasy Hockey.

Paul Zwambag
@zwambag

 

 

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