New Jersey Devils AHL Development Belongs In Albany

In 2010 they rode into town and planted their pitchfork at center ice. Hey Albany, we’re back. It was with that proclamation, the AHL was to stay in the capital of New York. Replacing the Albany River Rats, the artists formerly known as the River Rats, before they were the artists formerly known as the Lowell Devils, the Albany Devils signed a five-year lease agreement with the Times Union Center, which included facility upgrades. Fast forward to 2015 and they are in the final year of that lease. In case you haven’t noticed lately, much has been bandied about with regard to mass migration of clubs around the American Hockey League. Albany has not been immune from such speculation. That isn’t to say the New … Continue reading

AHL Movement Madness: Is Your Team Safe?

The dominoes are slowly falling but when the dust settles, the American Hockey League landscape could be something more resembling Jenga. Where the pieces or in this case the teams, fit and or fall, is anyone’s guess. First it was the announcement that the Oklahoma City Barons will cease operations at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season. Now there’s news, the Norfolk Admirals will raise anchor and change coasts. While it’s hardly news that there will be an AHL Pacific Division, come 2015, this chain reaction could have reverberations far beyond Oklahoma City, Norfolk, Manchester, Worcester, Glens Falls, etc. Not to be an alarmist or create mass speculation but if you think your team is safe, you may want to think again. If the initial … Continue reading

Albany Devils Review and Glance Ahead

An inauspicious start to November, left the Albany Devils pining for October hockey. Considering the callups, injuries and a couple of minor suspensions, Albany rebounded well and gained some momentum into December. Despite a depleted roster, the A-Devils have gained a point in each of the past four contests. Albany finished the month of November at 4-6-1-3 (12 points). On the season, the Devils are 10-6-1-4 (25 points) and are in a three-way-tie for fourth in the AHL Eastern Conference standings. On the leader-board, Joe Whitney and Paul Thompson are among the top 20, posting 19 and 18 points respectively, while Thompson is tied for second in the AHL with eleven goals scored. Through two months, Albany ranks 16th on the power play (16.7%) and … Continue reading

The 1995-96 Albany River Rats – Where Are They Now?

It is difficult in any sport to repeat as champions. In American League Hockey it has happened just eight times, with 2008-09 and 2009-10 Hershey Bears being the last to accomplish the feat. The old Springfield Indians are the lone AHL club to three-peat, doing so from 1959-62. In the 1995-96 season, the Albany River Rats were the pure definition of domination. Fresh off a Calder Cup championship season in 1994-95, the Rats and their defending Stanley Cup champion parent club New Jersey Devils, were riding high and looking to capture a second consecutive Cup. Alas it was not to be, as the free wheeling River Rats fell to the clutch and grab Conwall Aces (along with some pennies from heaven on the ice in … Continue reading

Albany Players Return: Who Says You Can’t Go Home?

You can go home again. Just ask Scott Clemmensen and Mark Fraser of the Albany Devils. Recently, Clemmensen was sent down by the New Jersey Devils and Fraser signed an AHL contract with Albany. Both began their professional careers in Albany, playing for the Albany River Rats, when they were a Devils affiliate. In fact, Clemmensen and his future Albany teammates, Brian Gionta and Bobby Allen, won the 2000-01 NCAA Men’s Hockey championship at the then Pepsi Arena, for the Boston College Eagles. While Fraser got into four games with the Rats in 2006 and also played for the A-Devils in 2011-12. I’m pretty sure that somewhere deep within the bowels of the now Times Union Center, there are cardboard cutouts of Clemmer and Ari … Continue reading

AHL New York State Of Mind

If the AHL season ended today, well that would be one short tease of a season. All joking aside, the top of the AHL standings have a distinctly Empire State look about them. Pacing the field and positioned atop the Western Conference are the Utica Comets with 14 points. Jump over to the Eastern Conference and you’ll find the Albany Devils and their 13 points leading the charge up top. Mind you, in a New York minute, everything can change. That said, there was a lot to be excited about along the Thruway in October. Utica Comets (6-1-2-0, 14 points, 1st place Western Conference) – Jacob Markstrom knows a thing or two about playing in Upstate, suiting up for 37 games with the Rochester Americans … Continue reading

Paul Thompson Leads Veteran Charge For Albany Devils

In the modern day American Hockey League, there is a lot more emphasis on player development. It is a source of pride for a league which saw over 133 AHLers make their NHL debuts during the 2013-14 campaign. Yet in the process of developing and winning, having veteran players to bolster a roster and lead the way, is still important. This off-season the Albany Devils signed one such veteran AHL free agent. They chose Paul Thompson and they chose wisely. Thus far the shrewd move is paying early dividends for the A-Devils. Following a nice preseason showing, Thompson has started his Albany career with a bang, posting an AHL leading six goals, through four contests. Included in that was an impressive debut in which Thompson … Continue reading

Albany Devils Familiarity Breeds Success

Continuity. The Albany Devils have plenty of that, as they enter season five of play in the Capital District. Yes, you read that correctly, the Devils have now been back in town longer than their predecessors and this season will mark 18 years of Devils affiliated hockey in downtown Albany, NY. There is swirling optimism abound and the Devils are looking to get right back to where they started from. In his fifth season at the helm, Rick Kowalsky is once again tasked with shepherding the top prospects of the New Jersey Devils. Joining his staff once again is Sergei Brylin, along with newcomers David Cunniff and Johan Hedberg. That’s a lot of experience in the Devils organization, in both New Jersey and Albany. Kowalsky: … Continue reading

Wrap Around: A new season for the B-Sens, but starting where they left off!

A new season for the B-Sens, but starting where they left off! BSens Scoring Continues BINGHAMTON, NY – Welcome to the new home of Wrap Around, a column about the Binghamton Senators right here at the home of the Power Play Post Show. I am also excited that we will be featuring other talented writers right here on PPPShow.net and these won’t be your boring typical beat writing articles but stories, opinions and columns about the teams these writers cover and follow. I would personally like to encourage the fans that read this articles to comment on them, share them and express your thoughts about them to the writers. This season for the Power Play Post Show our motto is #AHLFansFirst, so please don’t hesitate … Continue reading

Behind the Bench w/Syracuse Crunch Head Coach Rob Zettler

Behind the Bench with Syracuse Crunch Head Coach Rob Zettler By Jessica Higham | A PPPShow.net Exclusive Series Every coach hopes that at some point in their career they will get the chance to head up their own team. It’s the goal. And that chance can come at any moment. It might come after extended talks during the off-season. It might come up after the wave of firings that comes at the end of every season for teams that did not perform up to par. In other cases, it might come mid-season as a replacement. For Syracuse Crunch Head Coach Rob Zettler, the chance came when Jon Cooper was named as the new Head Coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning, the NHL affiliate to the … Continue reading