Prospect Ramblings: Checking In On AHL And NCAA Prospects

Peter Harling

2021-02-15

Lehigh Valley Phantoms Zayde Wisdom – Image Via OSC

Don’t look now, but there are all kinds of hockey being played again.

While we still await the return of the WHL and OHL there has been plenty of prospects playing in other leagues. 

The WHL has committed to a 24 game season scheduled to begin February 26th. So far only eight games are posted on the WHL website

OHL Commissioner Dave Branch sent a statement on February 11th updating the status of the OHL intention to return to play.

 

The statement provided little information or details but did suggest that the OHL had a plan that was close to being executed. Shortly after Scott Wheeler of The Athletic posted this…

Meanwhile, the AHL has returned to play in the USA and limited play in Canada.  With the OHL and WHL on hold, many drafted prospects are getting an opportunity to play in the AHL when they would otherwise not be eligible.

2020 second overall pick by the LA Kings, Quinton Byfield is one player making his pro debut in the AHL. I have been vocal about my opinion about where Byfield should spend this crucial development season. He has not shown me he is an NHL player yet, and I believe he would be best served dominating the OHL. Since that is not possible, the AHL is the best available option and he has scored his first career pro goal.

Byfield now has three points through five games. 

Let’s take a look at the top ten under 20 scorers in the AHL so far.

Player Team NHL GP G A PTS PPG
1 pastedGraphic.png Trevor Zegras (C) San Diego Gulls ANA 5 2 5 7 1.40
2 pastedGraphic_1.png Seth Jarvis (C/RW) Chicago Wolves CAR 4 4 2 6 1.50
3 pastedGraphic_1.png Philip Tomasino (C) Chicago Wolves NAS 4 2 3 5 1.25
4 pastedGraphic_1.png Thomas Harley (D) Texas Stars DAL 5 2 3 5 1.00
5 pastedGraphic_1.png Jamie Drysdale (D) San Diego Gulls ANA 5 2 3 5 1.00
6 pastedGraphic_1.png Peyton Krebs (C/LW) Henderson Silver Knights VGK 4 1 4 5 1.25
7 pastedGraphic_1.png Michael Vukojevic (D) Binghamton Devils NJ 3 1 3 4 1.33
8 pastedGraphic_1.png Zayde Wisdom (C)