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2018–19 AHL season

2018–19 AHL season
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
SportIce hockey
Regular season
Macgregor Kilpatrick TrophyCharlotte Checkers
Season MVPDaniel Carr (Chicago)
Top scorerCarter Verhaeghe (Syracuse)
Playoffs
Eastern Conference championsCharlotte Checkers
  Eastern Conference runners-upToronto Marlies
Western Conference championsChicago Wolves
  Western Conference runners-upSan Diego Gulls
Playoffs MVPAndrew Poturalski (Charlotte)
Calder Cup
ChampionsCharlotte Checkers
  Runners-upChicago Wolves
AHL seasons

The 2018–19 AHL season is the 83rd season of the American Hockey League. The regular season began October 5, 2018 and ended April 15, 2019. The 2019 Calder Cup playoffs followed the conclusion of the regular season.

League changes

The league expanded by adding the Colorado Eagles to the Pacific Division and moved the two Texas-based teams to the Central Division from the Pacific. The Cleveland Monsters were moved from the Central to the North Division.[1]

Similar to the California and Arizona teams in the Pacific Division, Colorado plays 68 games in the regular season. This gave the Pacific Division a balanced schedule for the first time since its creation in 2015 and removed the necessity for playoff qualification based on points percentage. Continuing from previous seasons, the teams in the Atlantic, North, and Central Divisions all play 76 games. The Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy for the regular season champion is still awarded based on points percentage.[2]

Team and NHL affiliation changes

After the National Hockey League (NHL) added the Vegas Golden Knights for the 2017–18 season, the NHL had 31 teams while the AHL still had 30. After exploring other AHL expansion options,[3][4] the NHL Vegas expansion team eventually affiliated with the Chicago Wolves on a multi-year agreement.[5] The affiliation with the Wolves left their former affiliate, the St. Louis Blues, without an affiliate and the Blues would send players to the Wolves and the San Antonio Rampage, the affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche.

After the 2017 Board of Governors meeting, the league confirmed that it had made a commitment to an expansion applicant for a 31st team for the 2018–19 season[6] later revealed to be the Colorado Eagles.[7][8] The Eagles organization had been a member of the ECHL prior to the promotion and was the affiliate of the Avalanche. The Eagles join other recently added ECHL markets in the AHL such as Bakersfield, Charlotte, Ontario, and Stockton. The Blues then became the primary affiliate of the Rampage.

Affiliation changes

AHL team New affiliate Old affiliate
Colorado Eagles Colorado Avalanche Expansion team
San Antonio Rampage St. Louis Blues[a] Colorado Avalanche
  1. ^ Although the Blues sent players to the Rampage the previous season, they were not the Rampage's primary NHL affiliate and only had a working agreement.

Standings

 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

As of April 14, 2019[9]

Atlantic Division GP W L OTL SOL Pts Pts% GF GA
y–Charlotte Checkers (CAR) 76 51 17 7 1 110 .724 255 189
x–Bridgeport Sound Tigers (NYI) 76 43 24 6 3 95 .625 233 228
x–Hershey Bears (WSH) 76 43 25 4 4 94 .618 211 215
x–Providence Bruins (BOS) 76 38 27 8 3 87 .572 228 212
e–Lehigh Valley Phantoms (PHI) 76 39 30 4 3 85 .559 240 244
e–Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (PIT) 76 36 30 7 3 82 .539 232 228
e–Springfield Thunderbirds (FLA) 76 33 29 9 5 80 .526 250 241
e–Hartford Wolf Pack (NYR) 76 29 36 7 4 69 .454 209 266
North Division GP W L OTL SOL Pts Pts% GF GA
y–Syracuse Crunch (TB) 76 47 21 4 4 102 .671 264 187
x–Rochester Americans (BUF) 76 46 23 5 2 99 .651 254 218
x–Toronto Marlies (TOR) 76 39 24 9 4 91 .599 248 243
x–Cleveland Monsters (CBJ) 76 37 29 8 2 84 .553 232 234
e–Belleville Senators (OTT) 76 37 31 3 5 82 .539 228 228
e–Utica Comets (VAN) 76 34 34 6 2 76 .500 224 257
e–Laval Rocket (MTL) 76 30 34 6 6 72 .474 195 231
e–Binghamton Devils (NJ) 76 28 41 7 0 63 .414 201 278

Western Conference

As of April 14, 2019[9]

Central Division GP W L OTL SOL Pts Pts% GF GA
y–Chicago Wolves (VGK) 76 44 22 6 4 98 .645 250 199
x–Milwaukee Admirals (NSH) 76 36 24 14 2 88 .579 217 207
x–Iowa Wild (MIN) 76 37 26 8 5 87 .572 242 230
x–Grand Rapids Griffins (DET) 76 38 27 7 4 87 .572 217 222
e–Manitoba Moose (WPG) 76 39 30 5 2 85 .559 197 219
e–Texas Stars (DAL) 76 37 31 4 4 82 .539 238 231
e–Rockford IceHogs (CHI) 76 35 31 4 6 80 .526 184 214
e–San Antonio Rampage (STL) 76 31 38 6 1 69 .454 196 244
Pacific Division GP W L OTL SOL Pts Pts% GF GA
y–Bakersfield Condors (EDM) 68 42 21 3 2 89 .654 242 182
x–San Jose Barracuda (SJ) 68 39 22 3 4 85 .625 227 197
x–San Diego Gulls (ANA) 68 36 24 5 3 80 .588 239 221
x–Colorado Eagles (COL) 68 36 27 4 1 77 .560 191 205
e–Tucson Roadrunners (ARI) 68 34 26 5 3 76 .559 206 202
e–Stockton Heat (CGY) 68 31 31 4 2 68 .500 235 252
e–Ontario Reign (LA) 68 25 33 6 4 60 .441 213 274

Statistical leaders

Leading skaters

The following players are sorted by points, then goals. Updated as of April 14, 2019.[10]

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

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Carter Verhaeghe Syracuse Crunch 76 34 48 82 34
Jeremy Bracco Toronto Marlies 75 22 57 79 16
Daniel Carr Chicago Wolves 52 30 41 71 10
T. J. Tynan Chicago Wolves 71 12 59 71 28
Andrew Poturalski Charlotte Checkers 72 23 47 70 34
Alex Barre-Boulet Syracuse Crunch 74 34 34 68 16
Cal O'Reilly Iowa Wild 67 16 51 67 14
Tyler Benson Bakersfield Condors 68 15 51 66 44
Chris Mueller Toronto Marlies 60 33 32 65 32
Michael Sgarbossa Hershey Bears 75 30 35 65 91

Leading goaltenders

The following goaltenders with a minimum 1500 minutes played lead the league in goals against average. Updated as of April 14, 2019.[11]

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
Alex Nedeljkovic Charlotte Checkers 51 2917:19 1306 110 4 2.26 .916 34 9 5
Marcus Hogberg Belleville Senators 39 2304:28 1068 89 2 2.32 .917 21 11 6
Shane Starrett Bakersfield Condors 42 2447:41 1156 95 4 2.33 .918 27 7 5
Edward Pasquale Syracuse Crunch 45 2650:11 1241 104 4 2.35 .916 27 12 6
Troy Grosenick Milwaukee Admirals 46 2633:49 1316 106 1 2.41 .919 24 14 6

Calder Cup playoffs

Playoff format

The 2019 Calder Cup playoffs format was retained from the divisional format of the 2016 Calder Cup playoffs. 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 qualify for the 2019 Calder Cup playoffs.

The 2019 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.

Bracket

  Division semifinals Division finals Conference finals Calder Cup final
                                     
A1 Charlotte 3  
A4 Providence 1  
  A1 Charlotte 4  
 
  A3 Hershey 0  
A2 Bridgeport 2
A3 Hershey 3  
  A1 Charlotte 4  
Eastern Conference
  N3 Toronto 2  
N1 Syracuse 1  
N4 Cleveland 3  
  N4 Cleveland 0
 
  N3 Toronto 4  
N2 Rochester 0
N3 Toronto 3  
  A1 Charlotte 4
  C1 Chicago 1
C1 Chicago 3  
C4 Grand Rapids 2  
  C1 Chicago 4
 
  C3 Iowa 2  
C2 Milwaukee 2
C3 Iowa 3  
  C1 Chicago 4
Western Conference
  P3 San Diego 2  
P1 Bakersfield 3  
P4 Colorado 1  
  P1 Bakersfield 2
 
  P3 San Diego 4  
P2 San Jose 1
P3 San Diego 3  


AHL awards

Award Winner
Calder Cup Charlotte Checkers
Les Cunningham Award Daniel Carr, Chicago
John B. Sollenberger Trophy Carter Verhaeghe, Syracuse
Willie Marshall Award Carter Verhaeghe, Syracuse
Alex Barre-Boulet, Syracuse
Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award Alex Barre-Boulet, Syracuse
Eddie Shore Award Zach Redmond, Rochester
Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award Alex Nedeljkovic, Charlotte
Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award Edward Pasquale, Syracuse
Louis A. R. Pieri Memorial Award Mike Vellucci, Charlotte
Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award Brett Sutter, Ontario
Yanick Dupre Memorial Award Landon Ferraro, Iowa
Jack A. Butterfield Trophy Andrew Poturalski, Charlotte
Richard F. Canning Trophy Charlotte Checkers
Robert W. Clarke Trophy Chicago Wolves
Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy Charlotte Checkers
Frank Mathers Trophy
(Eastern Conference regular season champions)
Charlotte Checkers
Norman R. "Bud" Poile Trophy
(Western Conference regular season champions)
Bakersfield Condors
Emile Francis Trophy
(Atlantic Division regular season champions)
Charlotte Checkers
F. G. "Teddy" Oke Trophy
(North Division regular season champions)
Syracuse Crunch
Sam Pollock Trophy
(Central Division regular season champions)
Chicago Wolves
John D. Chick Trophy
(Pacific Division regular season champions)
Bakersfield Condors
James C. Hendy Memorial Award Nathan Costa, Springfield
Thomas Ebright Memorial Award Todd Frederickson, Iowa
James H. Ellery Memorial Awards Mike Griffith, Bakersfield
Ken McKenzie Award Paul Branecky, Charlotte
Michael Condon Memorial Award Fred Hudy
Carl Sasyn
President's Awards Organization: Iowa
Player: Andrew Poturalski, Charlotte

All-Star Teams

First All-Star Team[12]

Second All-Star Team[12]

All-Rookie Team[13]

See also

References

  1. ^ "2018-19 AHL ALIGNMENT ANNOUNCED". AHL. May 7, 2018.
  2. ^ "AHL Team Schedules" (PDF). AHL. Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  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. ^ "WOLVES, GOLDEN KNIGHTS ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP". AHL. May 16, 2017.
  6. ^ "AHL BOARD OF GOVERNORS ANNUAL MEETING CONCLUDES". AHL. July 6, 2017.
  7. ^ "Colorado Eagles moving to AHL to become top Avalanche affiliate". Fort Collins Coloradoan. October 10, 2017.
  8. ^ "AHL AWARDS EXPANSION MEMBERSHIP TO COLORADO EAGLES". American Hockey League. October 10, 2017.
  9. ^ a b "AHL Standings". AHL. Retrieved October 7, 2017.
  10. ^ "Player Stats TheAHL.com". AHL.
  11. ^ "Top Goalies - 2018-19 Regular Season - Goals Against Average". AHL.
  12. ^ a b "2018-19 American Hockey League First and Second All-Star Teams Named". OurSports Central. April 11, 2019.
  13. ^ "2018-19 American Hockey League All-Rookie Team Named". OurSports Central. April 10, 2019.

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Preceded by
2017–18
AHL seasons Succeeded by
2019–20