15 NHL Eastern Conference Prospects to Watch in the AHL Calder Cup Playoffs

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15 NHL Eastern Conference Prospects to Watch in the AHL Calder Cup Playoffs
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The American Hockey League, the NHL’s primary development circuit, completed its regular season on Sunday and is set to commence the 2013 Calder Cup playoffs this coming weekend.

Of the 16 NHL teams that will be in the Eastern Conference in 2013-14, 10 will be represented by their affiliates in the best-of-five first round: Boston, Buffalo, Carolina, Columbus, Detroit, Ottawa, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Toronto and Washington.

Depending on whether those franchises will also be seeing Stanley Cup tournament action, each AHL playoff team’s roster may be subject to change. But as they stand now, here are some of the top specimens of young talent worth following in the minor league playoffs, all of whom are reasonable contenders for NHL ice time in 2013-14.

Unless otherwise indicated, all statistical information for this report was found via theahl.com

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