AHL Report – November 2018

Brayden Olafson


image courtesy of Quinte News



Welcome back, everyone!

The 2018-19 AHL season is off to an exciting start, with most team’s now more than a dozen games into their schedules. Already we’ve witnessed the likes of several young prospects making an impact as well as several young prospects… not making an impact. In addition, each club and their respective affiliates have continued to work as a unit striving to set their prospects on the proper development path. Because of this, we’ve seen what will likely be the busiest month of the season in terms of roster shuffling between the NHL, affiliate clubs and juniors.


Since the campaign kicked off, here are a few of the most significant transactions, and the impact they could have on the teams involved:



Lias Andersson | 7th overall, 2017 |Hartford Wolfpack (4-8-12 in 14gp) → Rangers (0-0-0 in 3gp)

It was certainly only a matter of time for Andersson to get the call for the Blueshirts. The youth revolution had been spearheaded by Brett Howden (3-6-9 in 14gp) called upon the 6-1, 205lb center to fill in for the aforementioned center in his injury absence. So far, Andersson’s struggled to rekindle the scoring touch he sparked with the Wolfpack, going pointless in his first three games with the club. Luckily for him though, the Rangers have elected to demote Boo Nieves, allowing him a little extra time to prove his status as an NHLer.

Kalle Kossila | undrafted | San Diego Gulls (3-1-4 in 3gp) → Ducks (0-0-0 in 1gp)

The Ducks have begun the 2018 season with a major lack of offense, and after making the call to demote two of their most promising prospects (more on them later), they’ve recalled Kossila who’s proven in the past that he is capable of providing a spark when called upon. With Getzlaf, Perry, and Kase on the shelf, Kossila should see favorable deployment for offensive production.

Sami Niku | 198th overall in 2015 | Manitoba Moose (1-4-5 in 12gp) → Jets (0-0-0 in 0gp)

Dmitry Kulikov is hitting the shelf in Winnipeg with an upper-body injury, allowing The Jets to recall last year’s Eddie Shore Award winner for the best defender in the AHL. While Sami Niku hasn’t exactly been on an offensive tear for the Moose through his first dozen games, the fleet-footed lefty has remained creative and crafty with the puck on his stick. This is a player, who, if given the