Only saw a bit of the NHL All-Star Game yesterday, so let me know if I missed something noteworthy in the comments (not likely).
Victor Hedman has missed the past 13 due to a concussion but has been skating with the team and is reporting no symptoms, so he is expected to return on Tuesday night.
With the NHL ASG over but no games tonight, it's a chance for the AHL All-Stars to shine as their game goes tonight. I typically check it out as it's a chance to see some of the up-and-coming NHLers in action. Prime time to mention a few AHLers who have stood out this season:
One of my favourite AHL prospects is 20-year-old Brandon Pirri. The Hawks prospect is 6th in league scoring with 19+26=45 in 44 games and if it wasn't for Chicago's forward depth, he might already be in The Show permanently.
Probably the biggest surprise in the AHL this year is leading rookie scorer Cory Conacher. The Tampa prospect is 4th in league scoring with 25+24=49 in 44 games. He was undrafted and is playing on an AHL contract but has been a revelation this year in Norfolk. Unfortunately, three words are likely to limit his pro potential... five, foot, eight.
2nd in rookie scoring is Gustav Nyquist as the Wings prospect has 12+28=40 in 39 games. Lots of upside here after a standout college career but as Jay reminded me the other day, being property of Detroit could mean a long road to being a fantasy contributor.
Kyle Palmieri is tied for the league lead in goals with 25+11=36 and what is even more impressive is that he has accomplished that in only 26 games as he's also logged 10 games with the Ducks. He is ready to graduate to the NHL full-time.
A few goalies to note... Houston rookie Darcy Kuemper doesn't play a tonne but last year's CHL Top Goalie has been impressive with 2.21 & .927 averages in just 15 games. At the other end of the spectrum is Robin Lehner, who was everyone's darling last season but is rockin the 3.19 & .909 in 22 games this season.