How the Lockout is Impacting the Western Conference


As I alluded to in my last posting, I am going to do an in depth analysis of the players that were sent down from the NHL to the AHL prior to the lockout. Along with these players, any NHL players that were listed on the AHL clear day roster from the last season are able to sign to an AHL contract. For the first part of this analysis, I am going to take a look at the teams from the Western Conference. (Note: Being assigned does not guarantee that they will play in the AHL)


The Heat received twenty three players from their affiliate, the Calgary Flames. These twenty three players included five defensemen; Chris Breen, T.J. Brodie, James Martin, Brady Lamb, and Joe Piskula. Four right wings were also assigned, including Akim Aliu, David Eddy, Ryan Howse, and 2008 first round draft pick Greg Nemisz. There were seven centers assigned to the AHL from Calgary. These centers include Paul Byron, Roman Horak, Gaelen Patterson, Max Reinhart, Ben Street, and Mitch Wahl. Finally the Heat received six left wings from the Flames; Sven Baertschi, Carter Bancks, Lance Bouma, Turner Elson, Michael Ferland, and Krys Kolanos.


Twenty eight players were assigned to the Checkers from their parent club Carolina. Among these twenty eight players are two NHL stars, Jeff Skinner, 2011 Calder Trophy winner, and 2012 All-Rookie team member Justin Faulk. Besides these two key players forwards Nicolas Blanchard, Zach Boychuk, Zac Dalpe, A.J. Jenks, Riley Nash, Victor Rask, Jerome Samson, Justin Shugg, Jared Staal, Brett Sutter, Brody Sutter, Chris Terry and Tim Wallace were also assigned. Defensemen Brett Bellemore, Marc-Andre Gragnani, Michal Jordan, Tommi Kivisto, Justin Krueger, Austin Levi, Rasmus Rissanen, Bobby Sanguinetti, Beau Schmitz and Joe Sova; along with goaltenders Justin Peters and John Muse were assigned to the Checkers.


The Vancouver Canucks assigned twenty three players to their farm club the Chicago Wolves. The goaltenders that the Wolves received include Eddie Lack and Joe Cannata. Chris Tanev, Kevin Connauton, Yann Sauve, Adam Polasek, Derek Joslin, Peter Adnersson, and Patrick Mullen were among the defensemen assigned by Vancouver. The left wings that were assigned include Bill Sweatt, Anton Rodin, and Darren Archibald. 2009 Calder Cup Champion Guillaume Desbiens is one of the right wings assigned along with Zack Kassian, and Andrew Gordon. Finally First round draft pick Jordan Schroeder, Stefan Schneider, Andrew Ebbett, Alexandre Mallet, Alex Friesen and Prab Rai made up the list of centers who were assigned.

Grand Rapids

The Griffins received twenty two players from their parent club, Detroit. The three goaltenders that were assigned are Tom McCollum, Petr Mrasek, and Jordan Pearce. Defensemen Adam Almquist, Gleason Fournier, Brian Lashoff, Maz Nicastro, and standout rookie Brendan Smith were also assigned. Along with these players, forwards Joakim Andersson, Louis-Marc Aubry, Damien Brunner, Mitch Callahan, Willie Coetzee, Landon Ferraro, Tomas Jurco, Andrej Nestrasil, Gustave Nyquist, Francis Pare, Trevor Parkes, Brent Raedeke, Riley Sheahan, and Tomas Tatar were also assigned to the Griffins.


The Montreal Canadiens assigned twenty one players to their affiliate in Hamilton. Among these players were standout forwards Blake Geoffrion and Louis Leblanc. Rounding out the list of forwards is Alexander Avtsin, Alain Berger, Michael Blunden, Michael Bournival, Gabriel Dumont, Brendan Gallagher, Patrick Holland, Philippe Lefebvre, Joonas Nattinen, Steven Quailer and Ian Schultz. Also among the players who were assigned are defensemen Nathan Beaulieu, Morgan Ellis, Brendon Nash, Greg Pateryn, Joe Stejskal and Jarred Tinordi and goaltenders Peter Delmas and Robert Mayer.


Twenty five players were assigned from Minnesota to the Aeros. A total of two goaltenders, ten defensemen, five centers, four right wingers and three left wingers were assigned. The goaltenders are Matt Hackett and Darcy Kuemper. The ten defensemen include, Drew Bagnall, Jonas Brodin, Josh Caron, Brian Connelly, Tyler Cuma, Chay Genoway, Colton Jobke, Steven Kampfer, Kyel Medvec and Marco Scandella. The five centers are Joel Broda, Mikael Granlund, David McIntyre, Zack Philips, and Chad Rau. The right wingers that were assigned include Brett Bulmer, Charlie Coyle, Justin Fontaine, and Jarod Palmer. Finally the left wingers that were assigned include Kris Foucault, Johan Larsson, and Jason Zucker.

Lake Erie

The Colorado Avalanche did not formally assign any players to their AHL affiliation the Lake Erie Monsters.


The Admirals received twenty two players from their parent club the Nashville Predators. Among these twenty two players were two goaltenders; Magnus Hellberg and Jeremy Smith. Twelve forwards; Daniel Bang, Taylor Beck, Gabriel Bourque, Patrick Cehlin, Keving Henderson, Jani Lajunen, Michael Latta, Jack MacLellan, Jusso Puustinen, Ben Ryan, Josh Shalla, and Austin Watson. Finally eight defensemen were also assigned including; Taylor Aronson, Victor Bartley, Anthony Bitetto, Mattis Ekholm, Ryan Ellis, Joonas Jarvinen, Charles-Olivier Roussel and Scott Valentine.

Oklahoma City

The Barons received twenty six players from the Edmonton Oilers including the number one overall selection from the 2011 entry draft Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Also they received first round draft pick from the 2009 entry draft Jordan Eberle. The other twenty four players that the Barons received include; Cameron Abney, Mark Arcobello, Tyler Bunz, Dane Byers, Philippe Cornet, Yann Danis, Brandon Davidson, Taylor Fedun, Curtis Hamilton, Teemu Hartikainen, Tanner House, Anton Lander, Martin Marincin, Ryan Martindale, Magnus Paajarvi, Kristians Pelss, Tyler Pitlick, Alex Plante, Toni Rajala, Olivier Roy, Justin Schultz, Colten Teubert, Antti Tyrvainen, and Chris Vande Velde.


The Rivermen received twenty four players from St. Louis including goaltenders Jake Allen, Paul Karpowich and Mike McKenna. The defensemen that were assigned to the Rivermen include Taylor Chorney, Ian Cole, Mark Cundari, Cade Fairchild, Scott Ford, Brett Ponich, and David Shields. The forwards that were assigned are Jay Bariball, Cody Beach, Adam Cracknell, Stefan Della Rovere, Evgeny Grachev, T.J. Hensick, Phillip McRae, Andrew Murray, Anthony Nigro, Anthony Peluso, Jaden Schwartz, Tyler Shattock, Brett Sonne, Vladimir Tarasenko, and Sebastian Vannstrom.


The Chicago Blackhawks assigned twenty six players to their AHL affiliate the Rockford Icehogs. The forwards that were among the assigned are Kyle Beach, Brandon Bollig, Terry Broadhurst, Rob Flick, Byron Froese, David Gilbert, Jimmy Hayes, Marcus Kruger, Peter LeBlanc, Jeremy Morin, Philippe Paradis, Brandon Pirri, Brandon Saad, Andrew Shaw and Ben Smith. The defensemen that were assigned are Adam Clendening, Klas Dahlbeck, Shawn Lalonde, Joe Lavin, Nick Leddy, Dylan Olsen and Ryan Stanton. Finally the goaltenders that were assigned are Mac Carruth, Carter Hutton, Alec Richards and Kent Simpson.

San Antonio

The Rampage received a total of twenty five players from their parent club the Florida Panthers over the course of two separate transactions. The first transaction included seventeen players and the second transaction included eight players. Among the players assigned were goaltenders, Brian Foster, Jacob Markstrom, and Dov Grumet-Morris. The defensemen that were assigned are Jason DeSantis, Josh McFadden, Colby Robak, Alex Petrovic, Michael Caruso, and Nolan Yonkman. Finally the forwards that were part of these transactions are Jonathan Hazen, Quinton Howden, Mattias Lindstrom, Anthony Luciani, John McFarland, John Rheault, Eric Selleck, Drew Shore, Scott Timmins, Garrett Wilson, Andre Deveaux, J.F. Jacques, Greg Rallo, Casey Wellman, and James Wright.

St. John’s

The St. John’s IceCaps received thirteen players from their parent club the Winnipeg Jets. Among the players that the IceCaps received are NHL standout Alexander Burmistrov. They also received Chris Carrozzi, Ben Chairot, Patrice Cormier, Jason Gregoire, Carl Klingbers, Julian Melchiori, Eric O’Dell, Will O’Neill, Edward Pasquale, Zach Redmond, Cody Sol and Ivan Telegin.


The Dallas Stars did not formally assign any players to their AHL affiliation the Texas Stars.


The Marlies received a total of twenty two players from their parent club the Toronto Maple Leafs. Standouts among this group include Nazem Kadri, Jake Gardiner, and Jussi Rynnas. Others that were assigned with these players are Spencer Abbott, Carter Ashton, Jesse Blacker, Tyler Brenner, Sam Carrick, Joe Colborne, Andrew Crescenzi, Jerry D’Amigo, Nicolas Deschamps, Jamie Devane, Simon Gysbers, Ryan Hamilton, Korbinian Holzer, Leo Komarov, Greg McKegg, Mark Owuya, Brad Ross, Kenny Ryan, and Greg Scott.

Well there are all the players that have been officially assigned to the teams from the Western Conference. Expect an analysis of the Eastern Conference sometime tomorrow.

I am a recent graduate of York College of Pennsylvania's Sport Management Program, with the desire to have a career in the hockey word.

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