AHL's 2015-16 Schedule Released - Phantoms

Thursday, August 27, 2015
The regular season is right around the corner for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
It's finally here. The American Hockey League released its regular season schedule for the 2015-16 season this afternoon.

The Lehigh Valley Phantoms open the regular season at home against the Syracuse Crunch on Saturday, October 10th at 7:05 p.m. ET.

In case you forgot (or missed it), here's the Phantoms' preseason schedule:

Wednesday, Sept. 30 @ Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
7:05 p.m. ET

Saturday, Oct. 3 vs. Hartford Wolf Pack
PPL Center
5:05 p.m. ET

Sunday, Oct. 4 vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
PPL Center
5:05 p.m. ET

Full breakdown of the Phantoms' schedule after the jump.

AHL's 2015-16 Schedule Released - Penguins

The regular season is right around the corner for the Penguins.
It's finally here. The American Hockey League released its regular season schedule for the 2015-16 season this afternoon.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins open the regular season on the road against the Providence Bruins on Friday, October 9th at 7:05 p.m. ET.

In case you forgot (or missed it), here's the Pens' AHL preseason schedule:

Wednesday, Sept. 30 vs. Lehigh Valley
Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
7:05 p.m. ET

Friday, Oct. 2 vs. Albany
Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
7:05 p.m. ET

Saturday, Oct. 3 at Hershey
GIANT Center
7:00 p.m. ET

Sunday, Oct. 4 at Lehigh Valley
PPL Center
5:00 p.m. ET

Full breakdown of the Penguins' schedule after the jump.

Lehigh Valley Phantoms Roster Taking Shape

Saturday, August 22, 2015
Brett Hextall remains unsigned by the Phantoms. Is there room for him on the AHL roster?
The Lehigh Valley Phantoms have added another forward into the mix on an AHL contract, bringing the preliminary AHL depth chart up to 17 forwards (now 18 with addition of Jay Rosehill). Another defensemen inked to a contract by Lehigh Valley gives the blue line 11 players who will be looking to battle to make the AHL roster this fall.

Former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Syracuse Crunch forward Geoff Walker, who split the 2014-15 season between the Ontario Reign and Missouri Mavericks in the ECHL, tweeted on August 2nd that he has indeed joined the Phantoms for the upcoming season.


The Phantoms made that signing official on Friday in addition to the signing of defenseman Logan Pyett to an AHL deal for the 2015-16 season. Pyett, 27, spent the last two seasons overseas in the KHL but prior to that was an offensively-minded AHL defenseman with the Grand Rapids Griffins and Connecticut Whale (now Hartford WolfPack) - tallying four straight 20-plus point seasons from 2009-10 to 2012-13.

EDIT (8/29): The Phantoms have bolstered their goaltending depth by re-signing goaltenders Connor Knapp and Martin Ouellette to standard AHL contracts.

EDIT (8/31): The Phantoms re-signed enforcer Jay Rosehill to an AHL contract for the 2015-16 season.

The Flyers top minor league affiliate has built up some solid depth this summer and looks to be much more competitive this fall. A look at the roster after the jump.

Plenty of Options For Penguins At Forward

Friday, July 24, 2015
Has Conor Sheary proven he's ready for the NHL?
The Pittsburgh Penguins have plenty of depth at the forward position, and that was before they signed 2015-5th round pick Dominik Simon to an entry-level contract and re-signed Beau Bennett to a one-year deal. The addition of Bennett, as well as Sergei Plotnikov back on July 1st, gives the Penguins 10 forwards at the NHL level with three open spots up for grabs heading into training camp this fall.

There are plenty of guys that will be fighting for an NHL spot come September and competition is always a good thing, but who will make the cut and start the year on Pittsburgh's opening night roster?

After the jump, a look at the in-house options the Penguins have up front to fill out their fourth line.

O'Neill Brings Much Needed Offense to Pens' Blue Line Core

Monday, July 6, 2015
Will O'Neill was a fan-favorite in St. John's. Photo credit: Colin Peddle.
Several new faces will be in Wilkes-Barre when the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins take to the ice for the 2015-16 season, particularly on the blue line - a position that was well-known as a place of depth in the organization in recent years.

Heading into the start of free agency on July 1st, the AHL Penguins defensive depth was much in question. Gone are Taylor Chorney (Washington Capitals) and Scott Harrington (traded to Toronto in Phil Kessel trade). Brian Dumoulin and Derrick Pouliot have perhaps played their final games with the WBS Penguins and will be looking to make the NHL club in Pittsburgh out of training camp this fall.

The Penguins wasted no time, adding several depth defensemen on July 1st to replace those who won't be with the organization this upcoming season. They added some offense with the addition of former Providence Bruins defenseman David Warsofsky and some physical play with the addition of Steve Oleksey. Perhaps the most intriguing addition on defense came on day two of free agency.