2017–18 AHL season

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2017–18 AHL season
League American Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
Regular season
Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy Toronto Marlies
Season MVP Phil Varone (Lehigh Valley)
Top scorer Chris Terry (Laval)
Playoffs
Eastern Conference champions Toronto Marlies
  Eastern Conference runners-up Lehigh Valley Phantoms
Western Conference champions Texas Stars
  Western Conference runners-up Rockford IceHogs
Playoffs MVP Andreas Johnsson (Toronto)
Calder Cup
Champions Toronto Marlies
  Runners-up Texas Stars
AHL seasons

The 2017–18 AHL season is the 82nd season of the American Hockey League. The regular season ran from October 6, 2017, to April 15, 2018.[1] The 2018 Calder Cup playoffs followed the conclusion of the regular season. The Toronto Marlies won their first Calder Cup in seven games over the Texas Stars.

League changes[edit]

American Hockey League 2017-18 map zoomed.svg

The AHL's only alignment change was moving the Charlotte Checkers from the Central Division of the Western Conference to the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference, significantly decreasing their interdivisional travel and balancing the two conferences' members.[2] Similar to the season scheduling in the previous season, the six California and Arizona based teams continued to have a 68-game season while the rest of the AHL teams play a 76-game season.

Team and NHL affiliation changes[edit]

The National Hockey League added the Vegas Golden Knights for the 2017–18 season. The Las Vegas management confirmed that the organization would also have an AHL affiliate in their first season, although it was not stated whether the AHL team would be an expansion or relocation. The organization looked into adding an affiliate on the West Coast with the leading candidates being Salt Lake City, Reno, or Fresno.[3][4] However, as the season went on, they looked into co-affiliations with a pre-existing AHL team since the new NHL team would likely not have a large amount of drafted talent to fully stock an AHL roster.[5] In February 2017, AHL commissioner David Andrews later stated that it was "50-50 chance" of a 31st team for the 2017–18 season.[6]

Other than the Golden Knights adding a team, there were also reports of the St. Louis Blues adding an expansion team in Kansas City in November 2016.[7] This would later be denied by the announced potential owner in Kansas City, Lamar Hunt Jr., in a press release from his ECHL team in the area, the Missouri Mavericks,[8] and further denied by AHL commissioner, David Andrews, after the January 2017 Board of Governors meeting.[9] In May 2017, the 30 team alignment was confirmed and there would be no expansion for 2017–18. The Golden Knights signed a multi-year affiliation with the Chicago Wolves, replacing the Blues as their primary affiliate. The Blues also announced that they would continue to send players to the Wolves for that season, as well as to the San Antonio Rampage, the AHL team that they would affiliate with for 2018–19.

The league confirmed after the 2017 Board of Governors meeting that it had made a commitment to an expansion applicant for a 31st team for the 2018–19 season[1] later revealed to be the Colorado Eagles.[10][11] The Eagles had been a member of the ECHL prior to the promotion and the affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche. The Eagles join other recent ECHL markets in the AHL such as Bakersfield, Charlotte, Ontario, and Stockton.

Relocations[edit]

Affiliation changes[edit]

AHL team New affiliate Old affiliate
Chicago Wolves[16] Vegas Golden Knights St. Louis Blues[a]
  1. ^ Although the Blues would no longer be the Wolves' primary NHL affiliate, they would continue to send players to the Wolves as an unofficial affiliate.[17]

Standings[edit]

Final standings:[18]

 y–  indicates team has clinched division and a playoff spot
 x–  indicates team has clinched a playoff spot
 e–  indicates team has been eliminated from playoff contention

Eastern Conference[edit]

Atlantic Division GP W L OTL SOL Pts Pts% GF GA
yLehigh Valley Phantoms (PHI) 76 47 19 5 5 104 .684 260 218
xWilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (PIT) 76 45 22 6 3 99 .651 252 223
xCharlotte Checkers (CAR) 76 46 26 1 3 96 .632 262 212
xProvidence Bruins (BOS) 76 45 26 3 2 95 .625 231 187
eBridgeport Sound Tigers (NYI) 76 36 32 5 3 80 .526 206 214
eHartford Wolf Pack (NYR) 76 34 33 6 3 77 .507 208 252
eSpringfield Thunderbirds (FLA) 76 32 37 5 2 71 .467 210 233
eHershey Bears (WSH) 76 30 37 4 5 69 .454 201 249
North Division GP W L OTL SOL Pts Pts% GF GA
yToronto Marlies (TOR) 76 54 18 2 2 112 .737 254 170
xSyracuse Crunch (TBL) 76 46 22 3 5 100 .658 234 189
xRochester Americans (BUF) 76 37 22 11 6 91 .599 234 221
xUtica Comets (VAN) 76 38 26 8 4 88 .579 211 216
eBinghamton Devils (NJD) 76 25 38 9 4 63 .414 193 247
eBelleville Senators (OTT) 76 29 42 2 3 63 .414 194 266
eLaval Rocket (MTL) 76 24 42 7 3 58 .382 206 281

Western Conference[edit]

Central Division GP W L OTL SOL Pts Pts% GF GA
yChicago Wolves (VGK) 76 42 23 7 4 95 .625 244 208
xGrand Rapids Griffins (DET) 76 42 25 2 7 93 .612 237 210
xManitoba Moose (WPG) 76 42 26 4 4 92 .605 253 198
xRockford IceHogs (CHI) 76 40 28 4 4 88 .579 239 234
eIowa Wild (MIN) 76 33 27 10 6 82 .539 232 246
eMilwaukee Admirals (NSH) 76 38 32 4 2 82 .539 216 235
eCleveland Monsters (CBJ) 76 25 41 7 3 60 .395 190 258
Pacific Division GP W L OTL SOL Pts Pts% GF GA
yTucson Roadrunners (ARI) 68 42 20 5 1 90 .662 214 173
xTexas Stars (DAL) 76 38 24 8 6 90 .592 223 231
xOntario Reign (LAK) 68 36 25 4 3 79 .581 200 194
xSan Jose Barracuda (SJS) 68 34 26 4 4 76 .559 186 198
eSan Diego Gulls (ANA) 68 36 28 3 1 76 .559 202 197
eStockton Heat (CGY) 68 34 28 2 4 74 .544 211 204
eBakersfield Condors (EDM) 68 31 27 9 1 72 .529 188 206
eSan Antonio Rampage (COL) 76 35 31 10 0 80 .526 198 219

Statistical leaders[edit]

Leading skaters[edit]

The following players are sorted by points, then goals. Updated as of April 15, 2018.[19]

GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/– = Plus-minus; PIM = Penalty minutes

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Chris Terry Laval Rocket 62 32 39 71 45
Philip Varone Lehigh Valley Phantoms 74 23 47 70 36
Austin Czarnik Providence Bruins 64 25 44 69 24
Mason Appleton Manitoba Moose 76 22 44 66 57
Daniel Sprong Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 65 32 33 65 28
Teemu Pulkkinen Chicago Wolves 75 29 36 65 44
Ben Street Grand Rapids Griffins 73 21 44 65 22
Eric Tangradi Grand Rapids Griffins 74 31 33 64 51
Cal O'Reilly Iowa Wild 75 15 49 64 10
Curtis Valk Springfield Thunderbirds 73 20 42 62 41

Leading goaltenders[edit]

The following goaltenders with a minimum 1440 minutes played lead the league in goals against average. Updated as of April 15, 2018.[20]

GP = Games played; TOI = Time on ice (in minutes); SA = Shots against; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals against average; SV% = Save percentage; W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime/shootout loss

Player Team GP TOI SA GA SO GAA SV% W L OT
Garret Sparks Toronto Marlies 43 2507:04 1181 75 6 1.79 .936 31 9 2
Jordan Binnington Providence Bruins 28 1605:53 744 55 1 2.05 .926 17 9 1
Michael Hutchinson Manitoba Moose 26 1560:32 831 54 2 2.08 .935 17 5 4
Edward Pasquale Bakersfield/Syracuse 31 1782:18 842 65 2 2.19 .923 16 6 7
Adin Hill Tucson Roadrunners 36 1949:57 863 74 5 2.28 .914 19 11 4

Calder Cup playoffs[edit]

Playoff format[edit]

The 2018 Calder Cup playoffs format was retained from the divisional format of the 2017 Calder Cup playoffs. The playoff format was finalized at the Annual Board of Governors meeting that took place July 2017. During the regular season, teams receive two points for a win and one point for an overtime or shootout loss. The top four teams in each division ranked by points percentage (points earned divided by points available) qualify for the 2017 Calder Cup playoffs.

The 2018 Calder Cup playoffs features a divisional playoff format, leading to conference finals and ultimately the Calder Cup finals. The division semifinals are best-of-five series; all subsequent rounds are best-of-seven.[1]

Bracket[edit]

  Division semifinals Division finals Conference finals Calder Cup final
                                     
A1 Lehigh Valley 3  
A4 Providence 1  
  A1 Lehigh Valley 4  
 
  A3 Charlotte 1  
A2 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 0
A3 Charlotte 3  
  A1 Lehigh Valley 0  
Eastern Conference
  N1 Toronto 4  
N1 Toronto 3  
N4 Utica 2  
  N1 Toronto 4
 
  N2 Syracuse 0  
N2 Syracuse 3
N3 Rochester 0  
  N1 Toronto 4
  P2 Texas 3
C1 Chicago 0  
C4 Rockford 3  
  C4 Rockford 4
 
  C3 Manitoba 0  
C2 Grand Rapids 2
C3 Manitoba 3  
  C4 Rockford 2
Western Conference
  P2 Texas 4  
P1 Tucson 3  
P4 San Jose 1  
  P1 Tucson 1
 
  P2 Texas 4  
P2 Texas 3
P3 Ontario 1  


AHL awards[edit]

Award Winner
Calder Cup : Toronto Marlies
Les Cunningham Award : Phil Varone, Lehigh Valley
John B. Sollenberger Trophy : Chris Terry, Laval
Willie Marshall Award : Valentin Zykov, Charlotte
Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award : Mason Appleton, Manitoba
Eddie Shore Award : Sami Niku, Manitoba
Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award : Garret Sparks, Toronto
Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award : Garret Sparks and Calvin Pickard, Toronto
Louis A. R. Pieri Memorial Award : Pascal Vincent, Manitoba
Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award : Bracken Kearns, Binghamton
Yanick Dupre Memorial Award : Scooter Vaughan, Chicago
Jack A. Butterfield Trophy : Andreas Johnsson, Toronto
Richard F. Canning Trophy : Toronto Marlies
Robert W. Clarke Trophy : Texas Stars
Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy:
(regular season champions)
Toronto Marlies
Frank Mathers Trophy:
(Eastern Conference regular season champions)
Toronto Marlies
Norman R. "Bud" Poile Trophy:
(Western Conference regular season champions)
Tucson Roadrunners
Emile Francis Trophy :
(Atlantic Division regular season champions)
Lehigh Valley Phantoms
F. G. "Teddy" Oke Trophy:
(North Division regular season champions)
Toronto Marlies
Sam Pollock Trophy:
(Central Division regular season champions)
Chicago Wolves
John D. Chick Trophy:
(Pacific Division regular season champions)
Tucson Roadrunners
James C. Hendy Memorial Award: Tim Gortsema, Grand Rapids
Thomas Ebright Memorial Award: Wendell Young, Chicago
James H. Ellery Memorial Awards:
Ken McKenzie Award: Pam Frasco, Cleveland
Michael Condon Memorial Award: Frank Murphy
President's Awards: Organization: Toronto
Player: Mike McKenna

All-Star Teams[edit]

First All-Star Team[21]

Second All-Star Team[21]

All-Rookie Team[22]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "AHL BOARD OF GOVERNORS ANNUAL MEETING CONCLUDES". AHL. July 6, 2017. 
  2. ^ "2017-18 AHL ALIGNMENT ANNOUNCED". AHL. May 11, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Las Vegas Will Have AHL Affiliate By Christmas, Share ECHL Team". Sin Bin. August 24, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Bill Foley considers options for minor league affiliates for his NHL team". Las Vegas Review-Journal. June 23, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Bill Foley seeks minor-league affiliate for Las Vegas NHL team". Las Vegas Review-Journal. September 26, 2016. 
  6. ^ "American Hockey League president talks scheduling, expansion, All-Stars, etc". The Press-Enterprise. February 11, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Report: Blues AHL affiliation to move to Kansas City". KMOV. November 30, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Missouri Mavericks Deny Reports on AHL and Kansas City". Arena Digest. December 2, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Blue Notes: Reaves moving to third line, at least to start". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. January 30, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Colorado Eagles moving to AHL to become top Avalanche affiliate". Fort Collins Coloradoan. October 10, 2017. 
  11. ^ "AHL AWARDS EXPANSION MEMBERSHIP TO COLORADO EAGLES". American Hockey League. October 10, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Sens Owner Purchases AHL Team Partners W/ Belleville". Ottawa Senators. September 26, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Canadiens moving AHL affiliate to Laval in 17-18". AHL. 11 July 2016. 
  14. ^ "New Laval AHL team will be known as the Rocket". CJAD. September 8, 2016. 
  15. ^ "IceCaps Seek New Hockey Partner". OurSports Central. 11 July 2016. 
  16. ^ "WOLVES, GOLDEN KNIGHTS ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP". AHL. May 16, 2017. 
  17. ^ "Armstrong statement on AHL affiliation". St. Louis Blues. May 16, 2017. 
  18. ^ "AHL Standings". AHL. Retrieved April 27, 2018. 
  19. ^ "Player Stats TheAHL.com". AHL. 
  20. ^ "Top Goalies - 2017-18 Regular Season - Goals Against Average". AHL. 
  21. ^ a b "2017-18 American Hockey League First and Second All-Star Teams Named". AHL. April 5, 2018. 
  22. ^ "2017-18 AHL All-Rookie Team Named". AHL. April 5, 2018. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
2016–17
AHL seasons Succeeded by
2018–19