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Wednesday Notes 12/7

Bunch of stuff to get to for a Wednesday so let’s dive in.

On Tuesday, the format for the AHL All-Star classic was revealed. 

Slight alterations from last year, which was 4-on-4 for 4:30 followed by 3-on-3. Now, its just straight up 3-on-3 for 10 minutes. That’s going to be madness.

Later Tuesday, the Wheeling Nailers received goaltender Sean Maguire and traded goaltender J.P. Anderson to the Adirondack Thunder. Maguire has been injured since the start of the season, so he finally can get to Wheeling and show the brass down there what he can do. The Nailers will go with Doug Carr and Maguire as their tandem in goal. Trading Anderson to a division rival, who happens to lead said division, doesn’t make any sense to me but there are roster limits in the ECHL so Wheeling needed to find a home for Anderson to make room for Maguire.

Pittsburgh confirmed the Maguire news this morning along with Teddy Blueger being “officially” re-assigned to Wilkes-Barre. Blueger had been practicing on Coal Street.

Seth with news on Carter Rowney’s status…

Things are looking bad, right? Wrong.

For Guentzel, after a blazing start, he disappeared from the lineup and has been a healthy scratch. His NHL time will come, but sitting in a press box watching, vs. on the ice playing, does nothing for his continued development.

For Pouliot, I see this as a crossroads for the defenseman. He hasn’t really lived up to the hype that came with him when he was drafted so far. He has had flashes of brilliance, but when it came down to making a decision on who to send back to the AHL between he and Steve Oleksy, the brass chose Pouliot. Is it necessarily a knock against Pouliot? No. I don’t believe so. How he takes another reassignment to the AHL this time will most likely define his remaining professional hockey career.

Head Coach Mike Sullivan’s thought process on today’s reassignments…

You are caught up for now. Short of a scoopful of beneficial information, the next blog update will come at 3 p.m. Friday for the Gameday setup for the matchup with the Hershey Bears.

AHL Power Rankings: Week 8

Week 8 here at the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings and unlike last week, there isn’t much movement at the top.

We also wouldn’t say that there is a clear, undisputed number one team either. That’s because the top two teams from last week are the same top two teams this week.

I am not going to give it all away in the lede here, so hop through the jump if you didn’t link in direct to see the list this week.

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AHL Power Rankings: Week 7

It’s Week 7 here at the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings and, as the calendar flips to December, there is a serious logjam at the top this week.

Take for example, the Hershey Bears, who have taken points in their last six games. But that only has Hershey in tenth in this weeks Rankings. Are there really nine teams better than the Bears? Maybe, but there were four teams that didn’t move at all in this weeks Rankings.

There is a new number one this week as the Lehigh Valley Phantoms loss on Saturday to the lowly Hartford Wolf Pack is enough to knock the Phantoms off the top spot. I am not going to give away the new number one team, you will just need to click through the jump if you didn’t link in direct to see who it is.

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AHL Power Rankings: Week 6

Week 6, Thanksgiving week here in North America and there is little change at the top this week.

At the bottom, things got shook up.

We don’t do ties here on the blog, but if we ever did, there would be one at the top of the Rankings.

I don’t want to give it away here in the lede, so click through the jump if you didn’t link through direct and have a nice Thanksgiving.

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Pens Acquire Kristo for McNeill

Saturday at around noon, the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins announced that the Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired Forward Danny Kristo for Reid McNeill. 

This is a big deal. 

The first place Penguins add more offense to a team which is loaded in goal and stacked on the blue line. 

Kristo played with Carter Rowney at the University of North Dakota and also won a gold medal with Dave Warsofsky in 2010 at the World Juniors. 

It’s not clear whether Kristo will be able to join the Penguins tonight in Hershey, but if not, then definitely when the Penguins and Bears rematch in Chocolatetown this Wednesday before Thanksgiving. 

Game day setup for tonight’s matchup with the Bears will hit the blog at 3 p.m.

AHL Power Rankings: Week 5

Week 5 and we are approaching mid-November. Have you made Thanksgiving plans yet?

There is a bird at the top of the AHL Power Rankings this week which is the same bird that was number one last week. It’s the Penguins.

Here’s the reasoning why. They get shutout at home by the Toronto Marlies Friday, then turn around and allow the P-Bruins and Wolf Pack to score just one goal a piece. Meanwhile, Toronto goes to Allentown and is obliterated by the Phantoms 7-2. The Penguins are the best team in the AHL despite the setback to the Marlies.

Now the Phantoms? Lehigh Valley is the hottest team in the AHL right now, winners of six straight. They are number two this week and have a huge date with the Penguins at home Wednesday. If the Phantoms win Wednesday, the Chirps from Center Ice clairvoyants foresee Lehigh Valley being number one next week.

But that’s getting too far ahead of ourselves.

If you notice that a team in the top ten this week has fallen far this week, it’s because there are a boatload of teams that are making a case for a higher ranking and really no room in the top 15 or 20 for these teams, which you will see drop out of the top 10 and into the bottom 10.

I won’t keep you any longer. Click through the jump to see the full list if you didn’t link in direct.

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Kevin Porter Suspended One Game

Sunday afternoon, the AHL announced that Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins forward Kevin Porter has been suspended one game for this hit on Colin Smith Friday against the Toronto Marlies:

In real time, it looks worse than it is. Porter could have gotten more games if slow motion didn’t exist in my opinion. It does not look like that head was the principal point of contact and Smith did have his head down. Just one of those things that happened late in the third period of a 3-0 loss by the Penguins.

Porter will miss this afternoon’s contest against Hartford in what would have been his 300th AHL game. Presumably, he will hit the 300 mark this Wednesday in Allentown when the Penguins face-off against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms Wednesday at 7:05 p.m.

More in a bit as the Penguins are in Hartford squaring off against the Wolf Pack at 5 p.m.