With the AHL regular season coming to a conclusion, it’s a great time to take a step back and review the year as a whole.
When we kicked the year off in October, I reviewed three groups of players to watch in the AHL – “High Profile Vets”, “Rookies to watch”, and “Graduates to watch”. While some of those players to watch, may be prospects that we continue to watch in the AHL next year, a good number will (or already have) dropped the prospect status and will be players to target for your fantasy team in the fall.
Mason Appleton was one of the “High Profile Vets” to watch – The former Michigan State forward continued to impress with the Manitoba Moose throughout the season, but also became a regular call-up for the Jets. As the NHL team faces some uncertainty in their lineup, Appleton will be a very interesting player to watch in the coming months. The story is similar for Andrew Mangiapane who has become a regular in the Flames lineup as the year has wore on. Both players should be valuable fantasy additions in the long-term.
Headlining the “Rookies to watch” category, in review, were Carter Hart and Drake Batherson, both of which were not long for the AHL life and have, for the most part, made full-time transitions to the NHL level. Impressive fantasy production from both should be expected as they kick off 2019 in the National League.
Conversely, in the “Graduates to watch” category, we saw class of 2018 graduates falter through the course of the season. Players such as Valentin Zykov, Ty Rattie, and Daniel Sprong who had been gifted with an NHL opportunity in the fall struggled to make the transition. Mathieu Joseph and Dylan Strome, however, did their best to keep the class above water.
In November, we had a look at some of the players in the AHL who were off to streaky starts, both good and bad. In some cases, their trends carried them through the remainder of the season, and in others, well… you’ll see.
Hot Starters who finished Hot