With the NHL locked out hockey fans are looking harder at the AHL for their hockey this season. The AHL is always a strong league and it is even stronger this year as many significant NHL players on their entry level contracts are playing there. It is still very early in the season as teams have played 6 to 8 games each, but i thought I would take a first look at the teams that lead in the AHL standings.
First place right now is a three way tie with teams at eleven points. This includes the Charlotte Checkers (Carolina Hurricane affiliate), Springfield Falcons (Columbus Blue Jackets affiliate) and the Rochester Americans (Buffalo Sabres affiliate). None of these teams belong to NHL clubs that qualified for the playoffs in 2011/12. Of these teams only Rochester qualified for the playoffs in the 2011/12 AHL season. This may represet a changing of the guard in the AHL.
Both Charlotte and Springfield have records of 5-1-1 and Rochester has an extra game played to hold a 5-2-1 record.