We’re already knee-deep into NHL playoffs, but this week the AHL Calder Cup Playoffs began as each affiliate franchise battles it out. 16 teams made the post-season, and the first round series are all best-of-five. Let’s take a look at each match-up, and which prospects will be featured front and center:
Charlotte vs Providence
Bridgeport vs Hershey
- The usual suspects in Bridgeport (all property of NYI) are all still trying to prove themselves to be NHL-ready; Josh Ho-Sang, Michael Dal Colle, and Sebastian Aho will carry the offensive load for the Tigers.
- Rookie winger Otto Koivula continues to rise up fantasy lists and warrants a watch, and first-year pro Kieffer Bellows will also get a chance to score some clutch goals like he has throughout his career (he tallied 2 in Game 1 of this series).
- The top name to watch on the Bears is goaltender Ilya Samsonov, who didn’t have the strongest regular season but put up 49 saves on 52 shots in the Game 1 loss.
Syracuse vs Cleveland