NHL: Rochester Americans: 3 Reasons They Can Win Their Division

October 2nd, 2012 by Matt Clouden Leave a reply »


With NHL reinforcements due to the dragging lockout, the AHL has become a much more competitive league. With the likes of Jordan Eberle, Adam Henrique, Cody Hodgson, Chris Kreider and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins filling the rosters of AHL teams, the intrigue has certainly been ratcheted up.

While the Buffalo Sabres' affiliate Rochester Americans are not the lone beneficiary of NHL-caliber talent during the lockout, they are not unfamiliar with the perks of having these players at their disposal. During the 2004-2005 NHL lockout, the Amerks went 51-19-10, which earned them the AHL's version of the Presidents' Trophy for having the best regular season record. 

Despite losing in the conference semifinals, the Amerks can only hope to have a similar season this year, with last season's first-round exit from the Calder Cup Playoffs still stinging second year coach Ron Rolston. Here are three reasons they can improve on last season's result:


1. NHL-Talent Mixed With AHL Depth.

The Amerks invited 34 players to their training camp, including 20 forwards, 10 defenseman and four goalies. Of that 34, 27 ha ...

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