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AHL Power Rankings: Week 14

With games going off on Monday afternoon, it’s a Sunday evening edition of the Week 14 Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings.

No change at the very top, but two teams in the top three switch spots then chaos the rest of the way down.

If you didn’t link in direct, please click through the jump to see where your favorite team ended up this week.

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Thursday Transactions 1/12

A couple of transactions for the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins happened Thursday.

Goalie Doug Carr was released from his professional tryout agreement and has rejoined the Wheeling Nailers. Carr picked up a win Saturday against Binghamton, stopping 33 of 37 shots.

Defenseman Chad Ruhwedel was returned to Wilkes-Barre by Pittsburgh. It was Ruhwedel’s second recall of the season only this time he nevere appeared in any games. David Warsofsky it appears fro now has the dubious distinction of staying up on NHL recall while Brian Dumoulin recovers from his broken jaw.

I’m curious to wonder if Pittsburgh will send Warsofsky back at some point and recall another defenseman to avoid exposing him to waivers.

Out the door, you can watch the AHL All-Star Classic on TV again this year. The AHL announced details today. It will be on MyNetworkTV locally as well as other regional sports channels.

Pens are back on the ice Friday in Rochester. Gameday setup hits the blog Friday at 3.

AHL Power Rankings: Week 13

A minor bump on the road which is the regular season was what had the AHL leading Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins out of the top spot in last weeks Double Issue of the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings.

Four straight wins seemingly four different ways propels the Penguins back to the top spot in Week 13.

But there is a team on the rise in the Atlantic that may be better than the Penguins. No, it’s not the Phantoms. Find out more below or pop through the jump if you didn’t link in direct.

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Snub This – David Warsofsky Named AHL Player of the Week

Remember on Saturday when I told the tale of my buddy Bill who sits in front of me at the Penguins games and how he thought, jokingly, Tom Sestito could get named AHL Player of the Week?

Well, Sestito didn’t but another player on the Penguins did. David Warsofsky was just named AHL Player of the Week Monday afternoon.

Warsofsky has been on a tear of late. I don’t know how players are wired when it comes to these things, but I think that Warsofsky was snubbed for the All-Star Classic selection. Now yeah, it’s a divisional based thing and every team needs representation, but Warsofsky was robbed I think in not getting named.

So what does he do in return? Two goals, Five assists and a +6 rating in four games for the Penguins last week and helps Wilkes-Barre forget about its two game losing streak and flips it into a four game winning streak to remain the best team in the AHL. One of those goals was an overtime game winner in Hershey Sunday.

Seth dug this one out…

AHL Power Rankings later on at 4.

Jake Guentzel and Tristan Jarry Named All-Stars

On Thursday afternoon, the American Hockey League announced the playing rosters for the All-Star Classic which will be held in Allentown at the PPL Center, home of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms January 29 and 30, later this month.

Joining Penguins Head Coach Clark Donatelli, who will lead the Atlantic Division All-Stars, will be Jake Guentzel and Tristan Jarry.

Two safe picks as all-stars in my opinion. Other Penguins who could have went include Oskar Sundqvist, David Warsofsky and Casey DeSmith.

Playing rosters consist of just 10 skaters and two goalies and every team in the division has to be represented, so while arguments could be made for Sundqvist, Warsofsky and DeSmith, let’s not get greedy here.

As for representation, Lehigh Valley as the host will send three guys, Hershey will send two with Chris Bourque acting as the playing captain, a distinction bestowed upon him a month ago by the AHL and Providence will send a pair as well. Everyone else (Springfield, Hartford, Bridgeport and Springfield) will send one player each.

Elsewhere in the AHL with ties to Wilkes-Barre, Ryan Craig will act as playing captain of the Western Conference teams, Craig won a Calder Cup with the Lake Erie, now Cleveland, Monsters for the Central Division. Kasperi Kapanen is a name familiar with Wilkes-Barre having played here a few seasons ago. He will represent the Toronto Marlies in the North Division.

Talk to you tomorrow when Hershey is in for the first of two with our South Central Pennsylvania rivals. Gameday setup hits the blog at 3 p.m. Friday.

AHL Power Rankings: The Double Issue

Welcome to a jam packed Double Issue of the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings. I sincerely hope you all had a nice Christmas and New Years holiday. The Power Rankings return after a two week holiday hiatus and there is a lot to get to.

There is a third place team in the Atlantic playing like the best team in the AHL.

A familiar face at the top of the Pacific and the Central Division.

A couple of quietly underrated, dangerous teams and…

…the defending champs making a push.

Click through the jump if you didn’t link in direct to see where the teams lined up this week.

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AHL Power Rankings: Week 10

It’s Week 10 in the AHL Power Rankings and there is a new number one at the top of the heap this week.

It’s the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins, the best team in the AHL right now followed by the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, the team that is staying step for step with the Penguins and a team, like Wilkes-Barre, running roughshod over the other AHL teams.

Important note: No Power Rankings next week due to most of the AHL teams having off this week because of Christmas, so I am doubling up weeks and we will see you back here for the Rankings in a double issue January 2.

Head past the jump if you didn’t link in direct to see where the remainder of the AHL teams file in as we hit Christmas week.

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