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The AHL will be switching from two divisions per conference to three and with that will adopt the NHL's playoff seeding, where the top team in each division will be seeded 1-3 and the remaining highest point total teams will be seeded 4-8. Your Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins remain in the East Division.
After the jump, a look at the new divisions.
Here's the new divisions:
Eastern Conference Western Conference
Atlantic Division North Division
Manchester Monarchs Grand Rapids Griffins
Portland Pirates Hamilton Bulldogs
Providence Bruins Lake Erie Monster
St. John's Rochester Americans
Worcester Sharks Toronto Marlies
Northeast Division Midwest Division
Adirondack Phantoms Charlotte Checkers
Albany Devils Chicago Wolves
Bridgeport Sound Tigers Milwaukee Admirals
Connecticut Whale Peoria Rivermen
Springfield Falcons Rockford Icehogs
East Division West Division
Binghamton Senators Abbotsford Heat
Hershey Bears Houston Aeros
Norfolk Admirals Oklahoma City Barons
Syracuse Crunch San Antonio Rampage
WBS PENGUINS Texas Stars
This blurb about the new playoff structure from the AHL's website:
The format for the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs was also approved by the Board of Governors. Eight teams in each conference will qualify for the postseason, with the three division winners earning the top three seeds and the next five best teams in order of regular-season points seeded fourth through eighth.What are your thoughts on the new AHL? Comment below and let's start a discussion.
The conference quarterfinals will be best-of-five series; the conference semifinals, conference finals and Calder Cup Finals will be best-of-seven series. Teams will be re-ordered after the first round so that the highest-remaining seed plays the lowest-remaining seed.