AHL Prospects Poised For NHL Call-Ups

Zachary DeVine

2016-12-05

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The AHL season is about a quarter of the way to completion, more or less with the unbalanced schedules. Some young players have put themselves on the radar of their parent clubs with strong starts in the AHL and perhaps entering the conversation for call-ups to either shake up the lines or to fill in for injuries.

Brandon Montour – San Diego Gulls (Anaheim)
Montour tied for the Gulls lead in points last year which was his first professional campaign with 14 goals and 45 assists in 68 AHL contests. Production like that should firmly place the young right-handed defender on the radar for both the Ducks and your dynasty squad. The
6’ 192-pound right-hander picked up where he left off already registering four goals and ten assists in just 16 games already for the Gulls.

The Ducks have a log jam on the blueline and do not seem to be in much of a hurry to solve it. Shea Theodore has carved out a roster spot despite starting the year in San Diego, and once another spot opens, the offensive Montour should see his number called. Montour will have a defensive miscue but what he offers as a puck moving defender outweighs them.

Jakub Vrana – Hershey Bears (Washington)
Vrana was called up and skated in his first NHL game with the Capitals receiving 10:10 of ice time in a 3-0 loss to the New York Islanders. Vrana is an electric skater that can beat defenders with his feet to create space. The Capitals 2014 first round pick is highly creative offensively and has an excellent passing ability to go with a quickly released shot.

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