The Hockey News: On The 'A'

The Hockey News: On The 'A'

Jacob Stoller and Patrick Williams bring deep insights into the AHL. They break down all the news around the league and the young guys gunning for the NHL.

Episodes

December 6, 2023 35 mins
This week on The Hockey News On The 'A' Podcast with Jacob Stoller and Patrick Williams: - Calgary Wranglers forward Matt Coronato joins the show. The 13th overall selection at the 2021 draft was re-assigned to the AHL after recording two points in his first 10 NHL games. Since joining the Wranglers, Coronato has recorded 18 points in his first 14 games. They discussed his rise to the pro game, particularly with the Chicago Steel p...
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On this episode of The Hockey News On The 'A' Podcast with Jacob Stoller and Patrick Williams: - The Buffalo Sabres sent Jiri Kulich and Devon Levi to Rochester, but Isak Rosen remains in the NHL. Kulich and Rosen made their NHL debuts this past week, with Rosen earning an extended look. Levi, 21, is set to get his first taste of AHL action in a move that Patrick and Jacob believe was long overdue. - Brandt Clarke is dominating the...
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On this week's episode of The Hockey News On The 'A' Podcast with Jacob Stoller and Patrick Williams: - The Lehigh Valley Phantoms are finding their footing. Patrick discusses how the impact of John Tortorella joining the organization has trickled down to the farm club. - Kent Johnson is right where he's supposed to be in Cleveland. Jacob dives into why Kent Johnson ended up in the AHL after recording 40 points as an NHL last year ...
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This week on The Hockey News On The 'A' Podcast with Jacob Stoller and Patrick Williams: - What are the Edmonton Oilers getting in Kris Knoblauch? Hired by Edmonton on Sunday, Knoblauch was the Hartford Wolf Pack coach since the 2019-20 season. Pat provides some insight on who he is as a coach and how the whole thing went down from the perspective of Hartford's personnel. - Nick Blankenburg is in the AHL this season following a str...
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This week on The Hockey News On The 'A' Podcast with Jacob Stoller and Patrick Williams: - Hershey Bears coach Todd Nelson joins the show! The reigning Calder Cup champion takes us behind the curtain of last season's championship run, the development of Connor McMichael and Hendrix Lapierre, plus why his day with the Cup was shortened. Nelson also gave us the scoop on Ivan Miroshnichenko and his philosophies with connecting to youn...
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This week on The Hockey News On The 'A' Podcast with Jacob Stoller and Patrick Williams: - Following the tragic death of Adam Johnson, neck protectors are becoming commonplace in the AHL already. Will this become the new norm? - Arshdeep Bains is the prospect of the week. The 22-year-old is leading the AHL with 15 points in nine games. The second-year pro was an undrafted signing by Vancouver ahead of the 2022-23 season. He's a pri...
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On this week's episode of The Hockey News On The 'A' Podcast with Jacob Stoller and Patrick Williams: - Buffalo Sabres prospect Matt Savoie is heading to Rochester for a conditioning stint. The ninth overall selection in the 2022 draft is unable to play in the AHL this season unless it's for a two-week conditioning stint. - The Detroit Red Wings are putting Sebastian Cossa in a position to thrive. After playing in the ECHL as a 20-...
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This week on The Hockey News On The 'A' Podcast with Jacob Stoller and Patrick Williams: - Pittsburgh and Vancouver swap depth defensemen, exchanging Jack Rathbone for Mark Friedman. Jacob and Pat dissect the deal for both teams, while also discussing what this means for Rathbone – a once highly regarded prospect. - Nicholas Robertson is lighting it up. With five points in his first two games, he looks too good for the AHL, yet aga...
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On this week's episode of The Hockey News On The 'A' Podcast, Jacob Stoller and Patrick Williams discuss some key NHL prospects assigned to the AHL and Carolina's affiliate situation: - Arizona Coyotes winger Dylan Guenther starts off with the Tucson Roadrunners in his first year of AHL eligibility. - Los Angeles Kings defenseman Brandt Clarke's been loaned to the Ontario Reign. - Rangers forward Brennan Othmann is headed to the Ha...
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This week on The Hockey News On The 'A' Podcast with Jacob Stoller and Patrick Williams: - Matthew Phillips appears poised to make the Washington Capitals roster. Phillips, one of the best forwards in the AHL over the last few years, has recorded three points in three pre-season contests. - A few AHL players were claimed off waivers, including Ty Emberson, Lassi Thomson, Samuel Fagemo and Jansen Harkins. - Some notable names were n...
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This week on The Hockey News On The 'A' Podcast with Jacob Stoller and Patrick Williams: - What does Pascal Vincent bring to the table as the new coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets? - Will Cuylle is making some noise at training camp. Fresh off recording 25 goals and 45 points with the Hartford Wolf Pack last season, Cuylle is earning looks alongside top players at New York Rangers camp. - Is Simon Edvinsson going to be back in Gra...
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This week on The Hockey News On The 'A' Podcast, Jacob Stoller and Patrick Williams are joined by Tim Army, longtime coach and assistant coach in the AHL and NHL, to discuss coaching philosophy, handling the ups and downs of a season, getting through to a dressing room, what goes into a call-up, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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This week on The Hockey News On The 'A' Podcast with Jacob Stoller and Patrick Williams: - Shane Wright was granted an exemption to the NHL-CHL Player Agreement. Wright, the fourth overall pick at the 2022 draft, is now AHL eligible in the event he doesn't make the Kraken's roster out of training camp. - Jacob reveals a proposed solution to the NHL-CHL Player Agreement that a member of an NHL front office proposed to him. - The Hoc...
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This week on The Hockey News On The 'A' Podcast with Jacob Stoller and Patrick Williams: - They discuss the importance of winning at the AHL level. The whole Chicago Wolves fiasco has shined a light on a long-forgotten element within the NHL's development league — independent owners want to win. And it's their money on the line. - September Sweethearts, Part 1: Jacob and Patrick isolate three forwards — Jean-Luc Foudy, Connor Zary ...
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On this week's episode of The Hockey News On The 'A' Podcast with Jacob Stoller and Patrick Williams: - The guys are joined by Chicago Wolves athletic trainer Kevin Kacer to discuss his career, what the daily life of a trainer is like, what makes hockey different, how things have changed since he started, and packing peanuts pranks.  - They also discuss the Toronto Marlies' recent signings and give you their best starting lineup of...
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August 25, 2023 41 mins
On this week's episode of The Hockey News On The 'A' Podcast with Jacob Stoller and Patrick Williams: - Ryan Merkley — one of hockey's polarizing prospects in recent years — is KHL-bound. Jacob and Patrick dive into why the former first-round pick of the Sharks in 2018, struggled to cement himself as an NHL regular, let alone as a high-end AHL defenseman during the course of his entry-level contract.  - Jacob and Patrick play an AH...
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This week on The Hockey News On The 'A' Podcast, Jacob Stoller brings on Sean O'Brien of the Calder Farmstead Podcast to discuss; - Sean's analytic models. Sean recycled a point share model — originally from Hockeyreference.com — and applied it to the AHL. He explains his thought process and his goal of generating AHL analytics. - Jacob and Sean then analyze AHL prospects that treaded upward or downward this past season, such as Ji...
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On this episode of The Hockey News On The 'A' Podcast with Jacob Stoller and Patrick Williams: - So, how about the Chicago Wolves? Set to become the first AHL team without an NHL affiliate since 1994-95, the Wolves' roster is starting to take shape, and a lot of questions remain to be answered. - How will the Carolina Hurricanes operate without an AHL affiliate? Prospect development is one thing, but the Canes are also short of NHL...
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July 7, 2023 39 mins
On this episode of The Hockey News On The 'A' Podcast with Jacob Stoller and Patrick Williams: The NHL Free Agent Frenzy has a lot of significance for the AHL as well. More than 70 players have earned two-way deals since July 1, and some AHLers from last year have a huge opportunity to earn a spot in the NHL on one-way contracts. Jacob and Patrick go through players who earned two-way deals for multiple years before examining 12 si...
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- The Hershey Bears are Calder Cup Champions. The Washington Capitals' AHL affiliate came back from a 2-0 series deficit to win the series in seven games. Jacob and Patrick — who saw every game in person — break down the series. - Two of Washington's recent first-round picks, Connor McMichael and Hendrix Lapierre, came up clutch in the finals. - Seattle prospect Ryker Evans exceeded all expectations in his first year as a pro. - Ov...
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