15 Best AHL Goals of the Season in the Midst of the NHL Lockout
It has been over 50 days since the NHL began its lockout, and the NHL and NHLPA still have not come to terms on a new CBA.
NHL fans who are experiencing withdrawals have been trying to follow their favorite players in the AHL and overseas. These leagues are very competitive, but at times are hard to follow because they are not broadcast nationally nor do they receive much publicity.
It’s a shame that these leagues don’t receive too much attention because there is some great talent in them. For those fans still trying to get their hockey fix though, here are the top 15 goals in the AHL so far during the NHL lockout.
15. Leo Komarov Finds Twine
This goal makes the Top 15 as a whole, not just because of Leo Komarov’s snipe to top it off.
It starts with Joe Colborne’s beautiful pass, and then the patience of Komarov. Komarov waits until the Grand Rapids goaltender Tom McCollum slides across the crease and then he rips it home.
14. Eric Tangradi Slides One In
Who remembers Eric Tangradi?
He has been in and out of the Pittsburgh Penguins lineup since the 2009-10 season.
Well, he’s been doing pretty well for himself on the Scranton Penguins. He is tied for the team lead with six goals.
He also scored this goal with a very tight space to work with against the Hershey Bears earlier this season.
13. Carter Ashton "Tic Tac Toe"
All hockey fans love to see quick puck movement, and this play is just that.
Will Acton is able to move the puck to the left side to Nicolas Deschamps as he is falling down. Then Deschamps, while avoiding a flying stick, sends an outstanding cross-crease pass to Carter Ashton who bangs it home.
12. Leo Komarov Squeezes One By
Komarov makes his second appearance on this Top 15 list with a perfectly placed wrist shot.
There were many things working against Komarov on this shot, but he still was able to put one on the board. He was at a terrible angle, had a defenseman on him, had almost no room to shoot short side and needed to score before the net dislodged.
None of these factors mattered to him though, and he was able to light the lamp like he has done five times this season.
11. Sean Couturier Scores on a Breakaway
Philadelphia Flyers' product Sean Couturier is making the best of his time in the AHL during the lockout. He has 10 points in nine games played, which is second to the Adirondack Phantoms' Brayden Schenn.
This is Couturier scoring a beautiful goal on a breakaway pass from no one other than Brayden Schenn.
Couturier makes a nice move to his backhand and slides the puck past goalie Chad Johnson in a 6-3 opening night victory for the Phantoms.
10. Jake Gardiner Wrists One Home
The Toronto Marlies have scored many great goals this year, and this one by Jake Gardiner is no exception.
It’s hard to follow the puck because he releases it so fast, but Gardiner places it perfectly to beat Rochester Rockets goalie David Leggio for the Marlies first goal of the season.
9. Harry Zolnierczyk
Harry Zolnierczyk shows off a great dangle on this goal.
He pulls off a great toe drag on the Syracuse Crunch goalie Riku Helenius, then easily slides the puck into an empty net.
8. J.T. Miller Has Some Moves
J.T. Miller, first round pick of the New York Rangers in 2011, is really making a case for himself to make the NHL when the lockout ends.
Especially on this goal where he undresses Albany Devils defenseman Adam Larsson, and then pulls another spectacular move on goaltender Keith Kinkaid.
Coincidentally, Larsson was also drafted in 2011 by the Rangers’ rival New Jersey Devils.
7. Brian Flynn Bats the Puck out of Mid-Air
At first glance this goal doesn't seem so special. It just looks like a simple pass in front of the net where Rochester Americans’ forward Brian Flynn puts in.
But if you watch closely, Flynn actually bats this puck out of mid-air to bring the Americans within one against the Grand Rapids Griffins.
6. Brayden Schenn Can Dangle
Like Couturier, Schenn has also been playing amazing for the Flyers’ AHL affiliate Adirondack Phantoms so far this season.
The two have hooked up many times this season and this highlight reel goal shows off some of Schenn’s skills.
He dangles a defenseman, then puts a great backhand past Portland Pirates goalie Chad Johnson.
5. Zack Kassian Dangles in a Shootout
Everybody loves to see a great shootout goal, and this one is by Chicago Wolves forward Zack Kassian.
The title of the video says he pulls a triple-deke to score on goaltender Danny Taylor. Everyone knows the triple-deke from Disney movie D2: The Mighty Ducks, where Gunnar Stahl gets robbed by Julie “The Cat” Gaffney and loses the game for team Iceland.
It looks like Kassian has perfected it though, and it looks a lot fancier.
Watch out Gunnar.
4. Ryan Hamilton Has Great Hands
Ryan Hamilton cracked the NHL for the first time in his career last season when he was called up to play in two games for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
He’s really making a good argument for himself after scoring this beautiful goal on a spin around in tight.
He doesn’t score on the initial shot, but he does a great job of finding his own rebound and getting it past goaltender David Leggio.
3. Tomas Tatar: Patience Is a Virtue
This is a great example of amazing puck control in front of the net.
Tomas Tatar finds the puck on his stick in overtime against the Chicago Wolves and makes a couple of amazing moves before lifting the puck over goaltender Eddie Lack.
2. Ryan Hamilton Scores on a Breakaway
Another goal by Hamilton makes this list, and this one is a beauty.
Goaltender Christopher Nihlstorp of the Texas Stars didn’t have a prayer on Hamilton’s fake to his backhand.
What makes this goal even more amazing is the pass Hamilton receives to get himself a breakaway.
1. Phillip DeSimone Dangles
The Albany Devils don’t have much to brag about so far this season. They own a 3-5-2 record and have scored only 18 goals on the year, which is good for dead last in the AHL.
But this goal by Philip DeSimone definitely deserves some bragging rights.
He puts the puck through his own legs and undresses the Phantoms defenseman Danny Syvret. Then he finds the smallest of openings and finesses the puck past goaltender Cal Heeter.
The highlight reel goal was one of five goals that the Devils scored in the night.