Future greats—award winners, Stanley Cup winners—have made their pro debuts this fall in the AHL.
Every year, the American Hockey League receives a couple hundred new pro hockey players (or more), and each year, these young men work their way up to the best hockey league in the world (the NHL) by honing their skills in the AHL. It can sometimes take two or even three years, and for some, this will be the highest level reached in North American pro hockey.
This year, with injuries at the big league level so common, the chances of more (and earlier) recalls has increased.
Here are the top 10 NHL prospects among AHL rookies. The rankings are based on a combination of early-season performance and long-range potential, with special consideration given for youngsters with possible "impact" offensive potential.