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2018 AHL Top 100 Free Agents and Beyond – The Big Board

Back for a fourth year is the yearly summertime project here on the blog where I carry on the tradition left by Jonathan Bombulie. It’s the AHL Big Board. A Top 100 list of the best available players to help your AHL team.

I’d like to that Nathan Mallett from Runnin’ With the Herd for his help on San Antonio’s players as well as Tucson and San Diego this year.

Information compiled on the names listed below was gathered from the following websites: The AHL, CapFriendly, HockeyDB and Elite Prospects.

Please feel free to reach out regarding corrections, errors or if guys on this list have signed previously.

NHL Free Agency begins Sunday, July 1.

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Rank Name Position 2017-18 Team Comments
1 Chris Terry LW LAV Signed with Detroit (NHL)
2 Jacob MacDonald D BNG Signed with Florida (NHL)
3 Michael Hutchinson G MTB Signed with Florida (NHL)
4 Austin Czarnik RW PRO Signed with Calgary (NHL)
5 Ben Street C GR Signed with Anaheim (NHL)
6 Chris Bourque LW HER Signed with Bridgeport (AHL)
7 Mike McKenna G TEX Signed with Ottawa (NHL)
8 Christopher Gibson G BRI Re-signed with New York Islanders (NHL)
9 Michael Mersch LW ONT Signed with Dallas (NHL)
10 Brandon Pirri C CHI Re-signed with Vegas (NHL)
11 Eric Tangradi LW GR
Had breakout year playing for Grand Rapids last year, finally living up to the hype that came when the Ducks drafted him in the 2nd round of the ’07 Draft.
12 Kenny Agostino LW PRO Signed with Montreal (NHL)
13 Teemu Pulkkinen LW CHI
Excellent playmaking scorer at AHL level. Unsure if Vegas qualified him as he may have a KHL deal lined up.
14 Kyle Rau C IA Re-signed with Minnesota (NHL)
15 Philip Samuelsson D CHA
Checkers iron horse, played every game (reg. & playoffs) for Charlotte. Was an obscene +44, which led the AHL in the category.
16 Alex Grenier RW SPR Signed with Laval (AHL)
17 Adam Clendening D RFD Signed with Columbus (NHL)
18 John Muse G LV Signed with Pittsburgh (NHL)
19 Adam Cracknell RW LAV Signed with Toronto (NHL)
20 Wayne Simpson RW HER Third on the Bears in points. Good for about 40 points a season.
21 Matt Lorito RW GR Signed with New York Islanders (NHL)
22 Matthew Peca C SYR Signed with Montreal (NHL)
23 Cody Franson D RFD
Second on IceHogs in D scoring, split time at NHL / AHL levels. Definately a 7th defender in NHL / top point producer for AHL.
24 Rocco Grimaldi C SA Signed with Nashville (NHL)
25 Scott Kosmachuk RW HFD
Second in points for Hartford in a breakout year. Good set of hands on him, good on power play and shootouts.
26 Anders Lindback G MIL
Was the Admirals horse in net, appearing in 56 games, most of any goaltender in the AHL this season. Fills up a ton of net space with his 6’6, 222 frame.
27 Patrick Wiercioch D UTI Signed with Dinamo Minsk (KHL)
28 TJ Hensick C ONT
Still putting up big time points at age 32 and hasn’t lost a step; 45 with the Reign last year.
29 Seth Griffith C RCH Signed with Winnipeg (NHL)
30 Laurent Brossoit G BAK Signed with Winnipeg (NHL)
31 Zach Palmquist D IA
Second in D points playing with Alex Grant which benefited him; career high in points. (34)
32 Sahir Gill C RCH
39 points for Gill with Rochester who was an ECHL castoff with the Penguins organization a few seasons ago.
33 Brandon Mashinter LW SJ
Decent size at 6’4, 225. Put him down for 30 points a season and let him fire away on the power play.
34 Jarred Tinordi D WBS Signed with Nashville (NHL)
35 Dustin Tokarski G LV
Good in San Diego, better with Lehigh Valley after getting traded. He’s played 300+ AHL games and can still get starters reps.
36 Michael Sgarbossa C MTB Signed with Washington (NHL)
37 Anthony Greco LW SPR Please keep reading, signed through 2018-19. Error on my part.
38 Trevor Smith C MIL
His 50+ point years are probably in the rear view, but he is still a dangerous player that knows how to score and remains a two way threat.
39 Buddy Robinson RW MTB Signed with Calgary (NHL)
40 Adam Tambellini C HFD
Consistent 30 point scorer with Hartford the last three seasons. Good on the power play. Wasn’t tendered a QO by the Rangers.
41 Cameron Gaunce D CLE Signed with Tampa Bay (NHL)
42 Colin Blackwell C RCH Signed with Nashville (NHL)
43 Alex Belzile RW SA Signed with Laval (AHL)
44 Corey Tropp RW SD
Scrappy, borderline dirty, player who can flat out play. Registered 97 points in last two seasons with the Gulls.
45 Tyler Wotherspoon D STK Signed with St. Louis (NHL)
46 Patrick Cannone C IA
Production hasn’t tailed off too much in what will be his eighth AHL season; still good for about 40 points a season.
47 Tye McGinn LW TUC
Former two time 20 goal scorer started in Syracuse before heading to Tucson. Solid AHL vet with NHL experience.
48 Emile Poirer LW STK
Decent year with Stockton, 31 points, wasn’t tendered an offer by Calgary.
49 Michael Leighton G WBS
Lingering injury limited him to 6 games with the Penguins and 20 overall. Because of that he had his worst season since his rookie year. Bonafide AHL Hall of Famer nevertheless.
50 Bobby Butler RW MIL Signed with Hartford (AHL)
51 Joey LaLeggia LW BAK Signed with St. Louis (NHL)
52 Bracken Kearns C BNG Veteran leader who has 40+ points four out of the last five seasons.
53 Paul Thompson RW CHI Signed with Florida (NHL)
54 Harry Zolnierczyk LW MIL Signed with Springfield (AHL)
55 Daniel Carr LW LAV Signed with Vegas (NHL)
56 Brian Flynn RW TEX Signed with St. Louis (NHL)
57 Mark Zengerle C MIL Consistent 30 point scorer. Use him on second units on special teams.
58 Tommy Cross D PRO Signed with Columbus (NHL)
59 Stuart Percy D RCH
Played and stayed healthy and was second on Rochester in defenseman scoring. Did good on special teams also.
60 Mat Bodie D SYR
Led Crunch defenders with 37 points. He played for Syracuse so he’s automatically good on a power play.
61 Casey Bailey RW BRI
Second on the Sound Tigers in scoring. Good enough for 40 points every season. Good on the power play, too.
62 Zack Mitchell RW IA Signed with Los Angeles (NHL)
63 Terry Broadhurst LW CLE Good for about 30 points a year. Can use him on a power play, too.
64 Sheldon Dries C TEX Signed with Colorado (NHL)
65 Jeff Glass G RFD
Veteran backup who has a 2.50 GAA and .910 SV% over the last two seasons.
66 Philippe Maillet C ONT
36 points in first year pro. Responsible player who is good on the power play and doesn’t take a ton of penalties.
67 Patrice Cormier C MTB Signed with Barys Astana (KHL)
68 Ryan Bourque C BRI Re-signed with Bridgeport (AHL)
69 Jared Coreau G GR Signed with Anaheim (NHL)
70 Tom McCollum G GR Signed with Milwaukee (AHL)
71 Ryan Horvat LW SPR
Point production has increased each of the past four seasons. Depth winger.
72 Tim Kennedy C BNG
Put up 59 points with Hershey two seasons ago, so on a offensively potent team, he will thrive.
73 Jeremy Smith G CHA Signed with Bridgeport (AHL)
74 Ryan Haggerty RW WBS Re-signed with Wilkes-Barre (AHL)
75 Joe Whitney LW HER Signed with Linköping HC (Swe.)
76 Brent Regner D TEX
Well traveled AHL defender had a bit of a breakout year playing for the Stars. Good for a PPG here and there and defensively capable.
77 Justin Auger RW ONT
6’7 veteran winger has played most games in Reign (AHL) history. Good for about 25 points a year.
78 Erik Condra RW SYR Signed with Dallas (NHL)
79 Ethan Werek C BEL Checker that is good for about 25 points a year.
80 Ken Appleby G BNG Signed with Manitoba (AHL)
81 Christian Thomas RW WBS Signed with Rögle BK (Swe.)
82 Matt Mangene C TEX Signed with Springfield (AHL)
83 Tyler Graovac C HER Signed with Calgary (NHL)
84 Mark McNeill RW MIL Signed with Boston (NHL)
85 Adam Comrie D UTI Signed with Klagenfurter AC (EBEL)
86 Andrew Crescenzi C ONT
6’5 center who can move and score. Use him on a power play in front of the opponents net.
87 Daniel Renouf D GR Signed with Carolina (NHL)
88 Tim Erixon D SPR Good defender who has been good everywhere he has played.
89 Zach Trotman D WBS Re-signed with Pittsburgh (NHL)
90 Zach Sill C HER
Durable bottom six bruiser who can score. Played every game for the Bears last year.
91 Julian Melchiori D MTB Signed with Florida (NHL)
92 Joseph Cramarossa LW WBS Re-signed with Wilkes-Barre (AHL)
93 Ben Holmstrom C BRI Re-signed with Bridgeport (AHL)
94 Paul Postma D PRO
27 games split almost even between AHL and NHL. If healthy, a good 7th defender option for your NHL team.
95 Jesse Graham D SA
Spent most of the season as 6th D/healthy scratch until injuries and callups forced him into the lineup. Played very well offensively and on PP. Can be iffy in his own zone.
96 Dustin Gazley RW HER Signed with EC Salzburg (EBEL)
97 Harri Sateri G SPR Signed with Detroit (NHL)
98 Brett Findlay C STK
Checking line center who is good for about 30 points a year. Southpaw.
99 Joel Hanley D TUC Signed with Dallas (NHL)
100 Ed Wittchow D SPR Signed with Kouvolan KooKoo (Finland)

Below are the remaining AHL Free Agents available, listed by alphabetical order.

John Albert C HFD Signed with Grizzlys Wolfsburg (DEL)
Olivier Archambault LW SYR Thanks to Mike in the comments for tipping me off to this, Archambault signed through 18-19 with Syracuse.
Darren Archibald RW UTI Re-signed with Vancouver (NHL)
Brady Austin D CLE Good year for this former Belleville Bull. 23 points was a career high.
Chase Balisy C SPR Steady depth all-around point producer. Good on a power play.
Cody Bass C MIL
Grizzled veteran played just 34 games last season. 75 games of NHL experience.
Kyle Bauman C ONT Rookie limited to 6 games for the Reign last year. Bemidji State product.
Kyle Baun RW TOR
Traded from Laval to Toronto and was lost in the shuffle with all the firepower on the Calder Cup Champs. Put up 34 points two seasons ago with Rockford.
Francois Beauchemin RW SPR
Split between AHL and ECHL and had nearly identical numbers playing at both levels. Only 22.
C-D Beaudoin D MTB Re-signed with Manitoba (AHL)
Francis Beauvillier LW MTB Bottom six / fourth liner. Put up 62 points in the Q in 12-23.
Andre Benoit D BRI
Loaned to Sound Tigers but was Columbus property. Veteran bottom to mid pair defender.
Ben Betker D BAK Depth defender who fights every now and then. Big size at 6’6 225.
Stu Bickel D SD
Bickel has made a career as a bruising/fighting defenseman. Battled significant injuries the last two seasons.
Mike Blunden RW BEL
Has 127 NHL games under his belt. Experienced winger that put up 38 points with Syracuse two seasons ago looking to recapture that offensive finish.
Jared Boll RW SD Retired
Brandon Bollig LW MIL Banger that can throw, kill penalties.
Jordan Boucher LW LAV Rookie had a good year for the Rocket, 22 points and a -1.
Lance Bouma RW RFD
20 games played in AHL were his first since 12-13 playing with Abbotsford. He’s probably a full time NHLer but if not, a very nice addition to your AHL team.
Troy Bourke C SYR ECHL depth winger who has better numbers a step down.
Chris Breen D PRO Re-signed with Providence (AHL)
David Broll LW LAV Plays a bruising game. That’s it.
Jarrett Burton C WBS Re-signed  with Wilkes-Barre (AHL)
Blaine Byron C SPR Signed with Springfield (AHL)
Joe Cannata G SA Signed with Colorado (NHL)
Adam Carlson G HER
Appeared in 6 games with the Bears last year, split time in three different ECHL cities. Undrafted Mercyhurst product has struggled to find consistency.
Cole Cassels C UTI
Bit of a surprise that Vancouver didn’t qualify Cassels who had a breakout year with Utica playing as a depth centerman.
Chris Casto D CHI OK skater, becoming more stay at home as he gets older.
Dan Catenacci C HFD
Bottom six type that will count as a veteran. Couldn’t crack a putrid Hartford lineup on a consistent basis.
Adam Chapie RW HER Depth forward acquired by Hershey from Hartford. 36 games and a -8.
Gregory Chase C SPR
Depth winger with signs of flash here and there. Plug and play type who spent 17 games in ECHL Wichita.
Trevor Cheek LW TUC
Bottom 6 AHL player and point per game guy in the ECHL. Decent AHL depth signing.
Jake Chelios D CHA Signed with Detroit (NHL)
Braden Christoffer LW BAK Undrafted Regina Pat product plays gritty bottom six role.
Daniel Ciampini RW BEL Reserve winger who had a few games in the ECHL.
Emerson Clark LW SJ Signed with Toronto (AHL)
Rich Clune LW TOR
Glue type guy that you want to play for. Didn’t play at all in the playoffs but was the second guy to hoist the Cup. May have re-signed with the Marlies already.
Joe Colborne C SA
Sustained an early season UBI and only played 13 games. Based on the injury, could be career threatening.
Brian Cooper D SD Signed with Milwaukee (AHL)
Frank Corrado D WBS
Inconsistent defenseman had season ending knee injury. Has been used as first defensive call up option.
Pat Cullity D BRI
Vermont Catamount split time between AHL Bridgeport and ECHL Worcester. Depth defender.
Alexis D’Aoust RW UTI
Undrafted Shawinigan Cataracte put up decent numbers in his rookie campaign. 10 goals and 11 assists.
Nolan De Jong D SA
Spent his rookie season on an AHL deal with San Antonio, yet appeared in only 6 games in the AHL. Big bodied Defenseman who won’t put up many points.
Dan DeSalvo RW HFD
Depth hand that saw 10 games with ECHL Tulsa. Way off the 40 points for Manitoba a season prior.
Jamie Devane LW ONT Grinding winger. Isn’t flashy.
Kayle Doetzel D STK
Saw more action with ECHL Kansas City than he did with the Heat. Not a big point producer.
Grayson Downing C BAK
Good for about 20 points a year as a third or fourth line center. Decent on the power play too.
Chris Driedger G BEL Signed with Springfield (AHL)
Vincent Dunn C WBS
Depth ECHL centerman puts up decent points at that level, bunch of PIMs and a handful of assists at AHL level.
Thomas Ebbing C LAV Michigan State product had mediocre first pro season with a putrid team.
Kevin Eckman-Larsson D TUC Registered just 2 assists in 25 games in his rookie season. AHL filler.
Luke Esposito LW GR
Depth winger who spent a couple games in ECHL. Harvard product. Numbers spell out a smart player.
Mark Fayne D SPR
Loaned to Springfield from Edmonton / Bakersfield last year. Struggled to crack the lineup consistently.
Brian Ferlin RW BAK 7 games last year. He may have retired.
Mike Ferrentino C CHA Role player who appeared in 21 games in his first pro season.
Matt Finn D CHA Injuries limited him to 15 games split between AHL and NHL. Depth ECHL guy.
Kyle Flanagan C BEL Only 17 games with the Belleville Senators last year.
Zach Frye D SJ Signed tryout with San Jose out of Alaska-Fairbanks. Snarly defender.
Zach Fucale G LAV Signed with Vegas (NHL)
Austin Fyten C TEX Depth forward who can chip in here and here and can kill penalties.
Kurtis Gabriel RW IA Signed with New Jersey Devils (NHL)
Brett Gallant LW CLE Dime a dozen enforcer.
Alex Gallant LW SYR Signed with Vegas (NHL)
Tyler Ganly D CHA ECHL depth. Former sixth round pick of Carolina wasn’t tendered an offer.
Jason Garrison D CHI
Offensive puck mover who was second on the Wolves in points. Good setup guy om the power play also.
Luke Gazdic LW STK AHL journeyman who doesn’t fill up the scoresheet.
Eric Gelinas D LAV
Combined -46 in his last two seasons. Balanced offensive numbers (13 goals and assists)
Stephen Gionta C BRI
Has 296 NHL games under his belt. Limited to just 30 AHL games for Bridgeport last season.
Felix Girard C SA Signed with Manitoba (AHL)
Barry Goers D RCH
Injuries limited Goers to 12 games last year playing for Rochester. 5 assists. Sign him for veteran defensive depth.
Cody Goloubef D STK Signed with Boston (NHL)
Kevin Gravel D ONT Signed with Edmonton (NHL)
Jeremy Gregoire C LAV Signed with Milwaukee (AHL)
Dave Gust RW BAK
Undrafted rookie out of The Ohio State University had a pretty good year playing for the Condors; 23 points in 53 games.
Ryan Hamilton LW BAK
Numbers took a bit of a dip this year for the former Barrie Colt. Still good on your power play.
Wacey Hamilton C UTI Re-signed with Utica (AHL)
Andrew Hammond G SA Signed with Minnesota (NHL)
Colton Hargrove LW PRO Solid winger who is good on a power play.
Seth Helgeson D BRI Re-signed with New York Islanders (NHL)
Josh Hennessy C PRO
Came back from playing four years overseas and had an OK year for the P-Bruins. Sign him for veteran depth.
Sam Herr LW ONT Third or fourth liner who Mike Stothers trusted. Notre Dame product.
Josh Holmstrom RW BRI Re-signed with Bridgeport (AHL)
Marek Hrivik C STK Signed with Vityaz Podolsk (KHL)
Connor Jones C BRI Re-signed with Bridgeport (AHL)
Kellen Jones LW BRI Signed with Västerviks IK (Allsvenskan)
Josh Jooris C WBS Signed with Toronto (NHL)
Jason Kasdorf G RCH
RPI product with a +3.00 GAA at ECHL level. Has only appeared in 4 AHL games in past two seasons.
Kale Kessy LW CLE
52 games with ECHL Tulsa, where he put up 31 points. Depth winger at AHL level.
Brenden Kichton D CHA Puck moving D who can slot on the second power play unit.
Jan Kostalek D MTB Signed with HC Sparta Praha (KHL)
Mile Koules C CLE Flashy winger who can pass and score. 6 PPGs led the Monsters.
Alex Krushelnyski LW LV A few more AHL games than ECHL games. Depth winger.
Ryan Kujawinski C CLE
Depth centerman played for three AHL teams last year. Former third round pick by New Jersey.
Jake Kulevich D MTB Signed with Bakersfield (AHL)
Joe Labate LW UTI
Scrappy winger played 39 games with the Comets last year and was plagued by injuries.
Samuel Laberge LW TEX Re-signed with Texas (AHL)
Hubert Labrie D HFD Signed with Syracuse (AHL)
PC Labrie LW TUC
Veteran tough guy who can add a little offense (20 goals in 2016). Split season between Milwaukee and Tucson in 2017-18
Eddie Lack G BNG Re-signed with New Jersey (NHL)
Kane Lafranchise D BRI
Veteran defender who is responsible in his own end and doesn’t take a ton of penalties.
Maxime Lagace G CHI Re-signed with Vegas (NHL)
Max Lamarche D LV Signed with Laval (AHL)
Jeremy Langlois C HER
Bottom six type that has seen his production go down a bit these past two seasons.
Zac Larraza LW TUC
Hasn’t played more than 24 games in an AHL season in his 3 year career, but has shown some signs of production (10g-10a in 52 games)
Michael Latta D BNG Bruising defender who can chip in with offense here and there.
Stefan LeBlanc D LAV Signed with Toronto (AHL)
Mike Liambas LW SD Signed with Minnesota (NHL)
James Lodge C MTB Prolific ECHL scorer. Just 6 games with Manitoba last year.
Mario Lucia LW BNG
Former second rounder by Minnesota in 2011 has decent size at 6’3. 22 points in 16-17 and 17-18.
Kevin Lynch C SYR Re-signed with Tampa Bay (NHL)
Cam Maclise RW MTB Undrafted bottom six staple on a god Manitoba team. Good on penalty kill.
Andrew MacWilliam D RCH Re-signed with Rochester (AHL)
Sean Maguire G TUC
Former Pittsburgh draft pick traded to and not tendered an offer by Arizona, didn’t appear in any games with Tucson, struggled at ECHL level.
Colin Markison RW TEX Re-signed with Texas (AHL)
Jamie McBain D SYR Decent on a power play, puck mover who is capable in his own end, too.
Tim McGauley C HER
Better ECHL numbers for this former Brandon Wheat King. 14 games in a depth role for the Bears last year.
Patrick McGrath RW WBS Re-signed with Wilkes-Barre (AHL)
Curtis McKenzie LW TEX Signed with Vegas (NHL)
Mike McMurtry C STK
Depth center played nearly equal amount of games (30+) in AHL/ECHL. Better ECHL numbers.
Reid McNeill D SYR
Hard nosed defender who won’t fill up the scoresheet but will work to prevent opponents from doing the same.
Wade Megan C CHI Signed with Detroit (NHL)
Jayson Megna RW UTI Signed with Washington (NHL)
Steve Michalek G IA Signed with EC Salzburg (EBEL)
Trevor Mingoia RW MIL
Wouldn’t consider him an AHL rookie, he’s been a pro for two seasons, but he’s still trying to find solid footing at this level.
Garrett Mitchell RW HER
Numbers took a dive this year but the Bears were bad in all areas. Has been with Hershey for better part of seven seasons.
Griffen Molino C UTI Signed with Toronto Marlies (AHL)
Nick Moutrey C BEL
Bottom six centerman you can use on special teams. Played for Cleveland before ending up in Belleville.
Spencer Naas F CLE 7 points in 12 games playing on a PTO out of UConn. High ceiling.
Zack Nastasiuk RW GR
Dime a dozen depth winger who has better ECHL numbers. 20 games with Grand Rapids last year, 5 points.
Darren Nowick RW STK Rookie out of Northern Michigan with better ECHL success.
Andrew O’Brien D TEX
2012 4th Round pick of Anaheim has struggled to find consistency in the AHL in recent seasons.
Zach O’Brien RW BAK Signed with Toronto (AHL)
Matt O’Connor G MIL
Including him because he played for four ECHL teams and I think that’s crazy. Two games for Milwaukee. Not great numbers. Sign him for ECHL depth.
Will O’Neill D LV Signed with Wilkes-Barre (AHL)
Jimmy Oligny D MIL Signed with Vegas (NHL)
Adam Ollas-Mattsson D STK
23 games of AHL action over the course of two seasons for this Swede. Big frame, 6’5, 220. Just 22.
Dmitri Osipov D CHI Just 11 games with Chicago as this undrafted Russian continues to develop.
Michael Paliotta D TEX Limited to 25 games last year. Won Calder Cup with Cleveland in 2016.
Tom Parisi D LAV
Providence College product wasn’t tendered an offer by Montreal in what is likely an overhaul by the Canadiens. 5’11 defenseman.
Rod Pelley C STK Bottom line center who can give you about 15 points a season.
Anthony Peluso RW HER Scrappy winger with 144 games of NHL experience.
Joe Pendenza C CLE Depth centerman battled injuries this season, appearing in 46 games.
Reid Petryk RW SA
Battled injuries the last two seasons after a productive first two pro seasons. Based on his game, could be a 20 goal scorer if healthy.
Niki Petti C LAV Rookie depth centerman had balanced first year pro (7-7-14)
Jamie Phillips G MTB Signed with Charlotte (AHL)
Kyle Platzer RW BAK
Depth winger who can play center or wing and can be plugged in on special teams.
Chris Porter LW PRO
At 34, career is winding down. Use him on the PK. His -8 was one of the worst on Providence last year.
Dalton Prout D STK Re-sigend with Calgary (NHL)
Greg Rallo LW TEX Retired.
John Ramage D MIL Signed with New Jersey (NHL)
Tyler Randell RW BEL 94 PIMs on a Belleville team that lost way more than it won.
Brendan Ranford LW SA Signed with Berlin (DEL)
Max Reinhart C BEL
Depth centerman with decent numbers who can plug into your power play here and there.
Colby Robak D STK
Second round pick of the Florida Panthers in 2008 played in just 45 contests for Stockton last year. Former AHL All-Star.
Dennis Robertson D CHA Re-signed with Charlotte (AHL)
Garret Ross LW RCH Steady depth winger. Nothing flashy.
Scott Sabourin RW SD
Power forward who will gladly engage in fisticuffs. Carved out a decent career as a bottom 6 grinder.
Kyle Schempp C BRI
Limited to 33 games with Bridgeport, wasn’t tendered an offer from the Islanders.
Cam Schilling D MTB Re-signed with Winnipeg (NHL)
Jeff Schultz D SD
Former 1st rounder who has 409 games of NHL time. Gigantic human being who won’t provide much offense.
Eric Selleck LW BEL Physical presence in a game getting away from the physical presence.
Tom Sestito LW WBS
Became a fan favorite in Wilkes-Barre. Was actually tough to play against and had a productive 15 points.
Duncan Siemens D SA
Plays with a hard edge and is a natural leader. Not an offensive threat, but not terrible with the puck. One of the better defenders on Rampage team last year.
Dillon Simpson D BAK Signed with Columbus (NHL)
Colin Smith C STK Signed with Eisbären Berlin (DEL)
Dalton Smith LW RCH Re-sigend with Rochester (AHL)
Kevin Spinozzi D WBS Re-signed with Wilkes-Barre (AHL)
Zack Stortini RW CHA Re-signed with Charlotte (AHL)
Peter Stoykewych D MTB Re-signed with Manitoba (AHL)
Jordan Subban D ONT Signed with Toronto (NHL)
Brody Sutter C MTB
One of the thousand Sutter’s playing hockey. 6’5 so the size is there. 58 games with Manitoba last year.
Brett Sutter C ONT
31 year old veteran who appeared in every Reign game last season. Still good for about 35 points a year.
Viktor Svedberg D RFD
Swedish defender spent five seasons in Rockford, rangy 6’9, 234 pound hulking defender.
Steven Swavely RW LV Better ECHL production than AHL production for this U. of Maine product.
Brad Thiessen G CLE Re-signed with Cleveland (AHL)
Kyle Thomas RW SD Signed with Utica (AHL)
Ben Thomson LW BNG
Former Kitchener Ranger with a penchant for pugilism. Solid enough to play for you every night as well.
Cole Ully LW TEX
Point a game at ECHL level, wasn’t able to recapture the offensive production he had in 16-17. Only 16 AHL games this year with Texas, 3 points. Wasn’t tendered an offer by Dallas.
Tommy Vannelli D SA
Played well in ECHL Tulsa before being called up for good to San Antonio. Good skater and passer who needs some more work in his own zone.
Scooter Vaughan D CHI Capable veteran defender at this level.
Yannick Veilleux LW LAV Banger that can chip in here and there.
Trent Vogelhuber LW SA
Good PK specialist. Had issues with injuries in his two seasons with Colorado. Probably a max 25 point AHL player
Sean Walker D ONT Signed with LA Kings (NHL)
Scott Wedgewood G ONT Signed with Buffalo (NHL)
Ryan White C IA Bottom six grinder type style play from this former Calgary Hitman.
Stephon Williams G SJ
Six AHL regular season games and one playoff game with the Barracuda. Played 24 games with Bridgeport in 16-17. Nothing jumps off the page.
Brendan Woods LW UTI
Fifth round pick by Carolina in 2012 limited to just 14 games last year. 30 points with the Checkers in 14-15.
Jeff Zatkoff G CLE Signed with Straubing Tigers (DEL)

As with prior iterations, this list will be pinned to the top of the blog for a few weeks and will update as players sign with new teams.

9 responses to “2018 AHL Top 100 Free Agents and Beyond – The Big Board

  1. Kilian F. June 27, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    Rau is the first one off the board. Re-signed with Minnesota,

  2. Andrew Newbury June 28, 2018 at 6:11 am

    Rch announced two weeks ago they resigned McWilliam to an AHL deal

  3. Mike June 29, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    Archambault and Lynch resigned with the Crunch at different points last season. (Archambault in March, Lynch in May/June)

  4. Lee July 1, 2018 at 9:42 am

    Did Matt Peca in SYR sign with someone